News Ex-Justice Minister of Bavaria: Investigations into corruption apparently also against Sauter

15:03  17 march  2021
15:03  17 march  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The Union mask affair is widening: The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office also has a member in the corruption investigation against the Bundestag member Georg Nüßlein (formerly CSU) of the Bavarian state parliament included in the group of suspects.

The proceedings because of the initial suspicion of bribery and the bribery of elected officials had meanwhile been expanded to a total of five suspects, the investigating authority announced on Wednesday. The investigators did not provide any information on the name of the member of the state parliament.

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According to reports from "Spiegel" and the "Augsburger Allgemeine", the deputy is CSU parliamentarian Alfred Sauter, who was formerly Bavarian Minister of Justice and is the chairman of the finance commission on the CSU board. The Bavarian state parliament, the CSU state parliamentary group and the Sauters office did not want to confirm the reports on request.

The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office proceeded with a raid in the course of of the extended investigation . In cooperation with the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, a total of ten objects in Munich and in the administrative district of Swabia were searched. According to the report of the "Augsburger Allgemeine", it concerns the private and business premises of the 70-year-old Sauter in Munich and in the Swabian district of Günzburg.

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Sauter had admitted that in his profession as a lawyer he had drafted the contract for , a multi-million dollar deal for a Hessian company with corona protective equipment with the Bavarian Ministry of Health. According to his own statements, however, he claims to have worked exclusively as a lawyer, not as a member of parliament. The CSU parliamentary group leader Thomas Kreuzer had asked Sauter to name the sum and details of the deal. But this refused.

Originally, the investigation was directed against Nüßlein, who is said to have collected six-figure commissions for arranging protective masks. He denies the allegations, in the meantime the former deputy parliamentary group leader of the CDU and CSU resigned from his party. (AFP)

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