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Brandenburg parliament rocked by Stasi scandal

AFP · 1 Dec 2009, 08:03

Published: 01 Dec 2009 08:03 GMT+01:00

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Gerlinde Stobrawa and regional deputy Renate Adolph - both members of the socialist Left party - were accused of failing to come clean over their links with the Stasi before taking up their positions.

Stobrawa, 60, had been outed by German media as Stasi informant "IM Marisa" who spied on colleagues from 1987 onwards.

She denied the allegations, but her party said she chose to resign so as not to harm the work of her position.

Meanwhile Adolph confirmed Monday that she had worked for the Stasi but had not had the courage to admit it, and chose to resign so as not to bring her party into disrepute.

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Another alleged ex-Stasi agent and regional deputy, Gerd-Rudiger Hoffmann, refused to resign.

The despised Stasi was responsible for spying on and imprisoning hundreds of people who criticised the regime in the former German Democratic Republic.

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09:02 December 1, 2009 by HansT
... and who exactly should be surprised here?

People who seek power and control over others will always gravitate to positions like these in government.

This is not to say that everyone in government is motivated the same way; many are honorable and sincerely want to create the best for the populace; at least when they begin. I think they number about four or five at the national level.
15:44 December 29, 2009 by Thames
Beside the fact theshe was an informant for a terrible organization and for that alone she should be removed from office, I question Stobrawa's political instincts. She became an informant in 1987 just 3 years before the fall. Not very good at reading the political tea leaves.
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