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Former Stasi workers to be banned from archive

The Local · 12 Sep 2011, 08:08

Published: 12 Sep 2011 08:08 GMT+02:00

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Reiner Deutschmann, cultural spokesman for the Free Democratic Party, told Monday's edition of the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspaper that the relevant law would soon include a clause that said, "anyone who officially or unofficially worked for the Stasi is not allowed to work for the authority."

Deutschmann said the governing coalition's two ruling parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the FDP, were in agreement on the change in the law. Director of the authority Roland Jahn also supported the change, he added.

When Jahn took over the authority in April, he said he wanted to move the 47 people employed there who had previously worked for the Stasi, to jobs in other authorities.

Wolfgang Thierse, vice-president of the German parliament, criticized the decision. "I think a law devised by Jahn is legally problematic," he told the paper.

Green party parliamentarian Wolfgang Wieland said personnel questions should not be part of the law that deals with Stasi files. "The law is there to determine how the files are administered," he said. "To introduce a passage about dealing with drivers and doormen is a break in the system."

The government is intending to change the Stasi-files law in the autumn anyway, in order to extend investigations into the possible Stasi past of senior public service workers until 2019.

The opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens only want this to apply in the case of verifiable suspicions.

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Your comments about this article

17:54 September 12, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Yes, after we celebrate their '70th Birthday' Parties, they will be fired with full pension and they will be banned effective immediately. That'll show them!
21:24 September 12, 2011 by nemo999
Not to be too paranoid, but how do they (Who are the they?) really know who worked for the Stasi in either an official or unofficial capacity? We have only the official Stasi records, and how do we know that these records are correct?
22:47 September 16, 2011 by Whipmanager
there is a major problem with having the foxes watch the henhouse. The Ex Stasi workers have a hunge interest in helping keep soem things out of the public's view. They probably have had enough time, by now, to have already gotten rid of things their masters in Russia and the old Spy masters wanted out. So this is like closing the barn doors after teh horses are already out.

Legally, the only defensable position the German government might have is to claim national security as a reason to bar these people from that position. If they give them similar duties at a similar pay, there should be no damage caused that could be claimed by the ex stasi employees. Those that are believed to be unofficial Stasi employees will be harder, unless there is credible intelligence info that gives credence to the suspicions that they may be stasi related in some way. Teh Stasi did have contractors, and did keep good records, so it may be mute and the data is already collected. In which case, the Natrional Defense difense by teh government may also be sufficient to bar those few from the worker rolls of the agency.
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