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Lack of evidence may prevent ex-President trial

The Local · 13 Jan 2013, 16:41

Published: 13 Jan 2013 16:41 GMT+01:00

Prosecutors do not have enough evidence to bring Wulff to trial for the various corruption allegations which eventually forced him out of office last February, according to a report by the Bild am Sonntag tabloid.

Investigators said they did not have sufficient grounds for a trial, wrote the newspaper, citing a report by the Lower Saxony State Office of Criminal Investigation.

Specifically, authorities had not discovered enough evidence to support the claim that film producer David Groenewold paid hotel bills for Wulff when he was still state premier of Lower Saxony in return for political favours – an accusation Wulff has always denied.

Wulff's mother-in-law backed up his claim that he paid the bill himself, wrote the paper, and said that she gave her daughter - Wulff's ex-wife as of last week - some cash at the time with which the couple paid the hotel.

But the public prosecutors office in Hannover advised caution and said that various investigations were still open against the ex-President. “I can't predict when they will be closed,” said spokesman Hans-Jürgen Lendeckel, who added that further witnesses still had to be questioned.

These included two former members of Wulff's staff, along with a further witness who has recently come forward in connection with the hotel stay, wrote Der Speigel magazine on Sunday.

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The public prosecutors office in Hannover is expected to give an official announcement on whether or not it will bring the charges against Wulff after Lower Saxony's regional elections next weekend.

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Your comments about this article

20:49 January 13, 2013 by lucksi
Geeee, what a surprise
08:27 January 14, 2013 by bearded1
Didnt expect that one , Just like I dont expect the people of Lower Saxony to vote for the SPD, Steinbrück another Politician that only thinks of feathering his nest, Forget the PLEBS they dont count they will say anything to get into power and then convieniently forget what it was they said. The only thing I am sure of is that the BIG parties deserve a reminder that we the people DESERVE better than what we are getting at the moment.

Back to the subject GERMANY has to start handing out proper justice especially now with the eastern states having much more access to our jobs.... and our criminals need protecting or else they wont be able to work either. IF they dont chage him and take him to court they are just showing the world how inept they really are....
15:38 January 14, 2013 by iseedaftpeople
Lack of evidence, my foot...

more like, enough evidence has been destroyed to prevent this trial.
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