MP: I took crystal meth to improve performance

MP: I took crystal meth to improve performance
Michael Hartmann. Photo: DPA
A top Social Democrat politician on Wednesday admitted he took crystal meth, but said he only did it to improve his performance at work.

The apartment of Michael Hartmann, the interior policy expert for the centre-left SPD (Social Democrats), was searched by police last week in a drugs probe.

And on Wednesday the lawyer of the lawmaker from Mainz said his client did buy and consume a small quantity of the drug in autumn 2013.

His lawyer said he used crystal meth for around a month, but was not addicted to the drug. The lawyer said Hartmann had hoped to “improve performance” at work by taking it.

The 51-year-old had previously spoken out against using cannabis.

Hartmann stepped down as the SPD’s parliamentary spokesman for interior affairs after the allegations first came out last week, but he remains a member of parliament.

Police searched his home in Berlin after observing him buying the drug and are now investigating the case. 

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