Ex-Bayern president Hoeneß slims down in jail

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß has lost weight and is living a spartan existence while serving his prison sentence for tax evasion, according to ex-Germany international Gunter Netzer.

Ex-Bayern president Hoeneß slims down in jail
Slimming down? Uli Hoeneß. Photo: DPA

Netzer, 70, recently visited Hoeneß, who is four months into a three-and-a-half-year sentence, at Landsberg prison near Munich.

Hoeneß resigned as Bayern's president in March, 24 hours after being sentenced, having admitted to evading €28.5 million in taxes.

Netzer told the Rheinische Post that Hoeneß, 62, is doing well and is said to have lost 20 kilos in weight since starting his sentence in June.

"He was in good shape when I saw him and was proud of his weight," said Netzer.

The friends were part of the West Germany squad which won the 1974 World Cup title and Netzer said Hoeneß is doing his time with dignity.

"I have the greatest admiration for him, because he has mastered his situation," said Netzer.

"He has accepted it and is living exactly according to the guidelines. He has no privileges and doesn't want any."

Hoeneß can expect to be released from prison after around 21 months for good behaviour.

The former midfielder has also been visited in prison by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, former coach Jupp Heynckes, current Munich coach Pep Guardiola and France winger Franck Ribery.

SEE ALSO: Hoeneß pays tax bill, takes day off prison

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Intern at German prison faces hefty bill after sending photo of master key to friends

A man on a work placement at a prison in the state of Brandenburg was immediately dismissed from his internship after sending friends a photo of the prison's master key via the messenger service WhatsApp.

Intern at German prison faces hefty bill after sending photo of master key to friends
A prison key. Photo: DPA

The man now faces paying a bill of up to €50,000 after Brandenburg’s justice ministry had to pay for the immediate replacement of 600 locks in the prison, Bild newspaper reports.

A photograph of a key could provide enough information for a skilled locksmith to be able to replicate it, leading the prison to fear that keys could be smuggled through to the inmates.

The justice department received a tip off that the intern had shared a picture of the master key for the JVA Heidering prison at the end of February. “A large number of cells and corridor doors had to have their locks changed,” a spokesman told Bild.

Some twenty prison guards worked into the early hours of the following morning to ensure that all the locks were changed.

The prison is situated just outside the city boundaries of Berlin on the southwestern edge of the capital.

“The internship ended with immediate effect and the intern was issued with a ban on entering the building,” the spokesperson said.

SEE ALSO: Seventh prisoner escapes from Berlin jail within a week