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State 'paid prostitute bill' in investor hunt

The Local · 21 Aug 2012, 16:39

Published: 21 Aug 2012 16:39 GMT+02:00

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The government of Rhineland-Palatinate is under increasing pressure as revelations emerge about its handling of the Nürburgring disaster. It went bust last month after investors could not be found for a pleasure park and holiday complex opened there in 2009.

Social Democrat State Premier Kurt Beck, is reported to have pumped at least €330 million of public money into the park to keep it afloat. Six people, including Rhineland-Palatinate's former Finance Minister Ingolf Deubel, face a court case in Koblenz in October for their part in the costly fiasco.

Deubel was under extreme pressure from 2007 onwards to find private investors for the project, and is said to have put his faith in two financial negotiators who promised to get the investment for him, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday.

The two men, who have not been named, have been called as witnesses in the court case. One was once a hotel director in Wiesbaden, while the other was an assistant to a circus director.

Deubel gave these two men a million euros in advance for their work, the paper said, citing internal state documents dated May 2009.

Despite this substantial advance, the two men apparently said they did not have enough money for their business trips to Zurich, the paper said, so the state-owned Nürburgring company continued to fork out.

An outraged worker wrote in the 2009 report that these journeys "developed more and more into excessive trips."

The negotiators reportedly stayed at Zurich's Dolder Grand Hotel for 490 Swiss francs (€408) per night - not including breakfast. They ate at top restaurants, running up bills that occasionally exceeded 2,000 francs, and even hired taxi drivers to fetch them cigarettes at night, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

One of the men also had a contact to a Zurich pimp, who organized prostitutes to visit their hotel rooms, and on another night, hosted a diamond mine owner from South Africa at a local brothel.

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Lawyer Bernd Schneider, who is representing one of the men accused, said that the entire state cabinet knew what was happening at the time.

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18:29 August 21, 2012 by Englishted
Now at last I know why I wanted to run away to join the circus ,just to become an assistant to a circus director.
19:29 August 21, 2012 by cheeba
I love this. The governments in Germany pay mafia's who steal private bank records, now they are paying the million euro whore bills for circus trash, now let's bring in the coke dealers and videos of bundestag memebers having sex with sheep. So sweet.
19:47 August 21, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Well at least the Bundestag is made from glass so we can observe any hanky panky during parilamentary debate. It must kill them having to behave themselves whilst in public view. No wonder they over indulge when they get behind closed doors.
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