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Ex-president's aide on trial for corruption

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Ex-president's aide on trial for corruption
Glaeseker (r) with his former boss and ex-President Christian Wulff. Photo: DPA
09:08 CET+01:00
The spokesman of former president Christian Wulff will go on trial in Hannover on Monday for corruption, four weeks after his ex-boss went on trial for accepting favours.

Olaf Glaeseker is accused of corruption during his time as state government spokesman in Lower Saxony where Wulff was state premier from 2003 to 2010.

The 52-year-old allegedly helped party promoter Manfred Schmidt to find sponsors for a private economic summit called ‘Nord-Süd-Dialog’ from 2007 to 2009.

Glaeseker allegedly persuaded sponsors to cough up €650,000 for the meeting, using his position as leverage. Schmidt reportedly made €1 million profit from holding the summit in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In return Glaeseker allegedly received nine free holidays in Spain and France as well as 19 plane tickets with a total value of around €12,000.

Glaeseker and Schmidt deny the corruption charges.

Wulff is expected to appear as a witness. His trial for accepting favours is ongoing.

READ MORE: Ex-president's favours trial begins 

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