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Duisburg mayor faces corruption probe

The Local · 9 Dec 2011, 12:04

Published: 09 Dec 2011 12:04 GMT+01:00

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Investigators said on Thursday that they were following up on a preliminary suspicion of corruption against the mayor over a donation from private property development company Kölbl Kruse to the local Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

Kölbl Kruse, based in the western town of Essen, allegedly made four payments of €9,500 from 2008 to 2009 (amounting to €38,000) to the party in exchange for help getting contracts to construct a new state archive at Duisburg’s inland port.

The company has been under investigation for bribery for several months, but denies the charges.

The company snapped up the land and property in 2007, beating out competition from the state's own construction and development firm, before then selling its share in the project for €21 million.

Sauerland is not only suspected of knowing the purpose of the donation, but also of tipping off Kölbl Kruse about the contract. Cologne lawyer and CDU politician Rolf Bietmann may also have been involved in the deal. According to a report in news magazine Focus, his legal practice is suspected of manipulating the competition for the contract in Kölbl Kruse’s favour.

Investigators have already carried out various raids in connection with the case. Sauerland and Bietmann deny all corruption accusations.

“We have agreed to cooperate fully with the investigators,” Sauerland’s lawyer said on Thursday. “I will request access to the records. If there are any reasonable grounds for suspecting, then we will try to clear them up as soon as possible.”

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13:06 December 9, 2011 by pepsionice
And? What's new? Most political figures in Germany would fail an ethics investigation for some reason. They end up accepting a free holiday in France or Italy, paid by some business or individual to get access to something.
19:00 December 9, 2011 by Englishted
Sadly pepsionice it is not only Germany but all over.
22:29 December 9, 2011 by DULS
I guess we all know how this story ends, the guys get a slap in the hand ( kind of don't do it again), of course after making a public donation, so they can move to ones of those warm sunny places. Germany, Germany more of the same.
14:59 December 10, 2011 by Englishted
I don't know how old this man is ,but he looks like he was born after 1945 ,so his first name must be very very rare in his or later times since.

Strange of his parents don't you think?
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