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Former German MPs Accused of Corruption in Alleged Azerbaijan Bribery Scandal


Former German MPs Accused of Corruption in Alleged Azerbaijan Bribery ScandalFormer German MPs Accused of Corruption in Alleged Azerbaijan Bribery Scandal

The Munich prosecutor's office has filed corruption charges against two former members of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) party, Axel Fischer and Eduard Lintner. The charges allege that the ex-MPs were involved in corrupt practices by accepting bribes from Azerbaijan, as reported by European Pravda and cited by Spiegel.


Former German MPs Accused of Corruption in Alleged Azerbaijan Bribery Scandal
Axel Fischer

Both Fischer and Lintner, who were formerly part of the German Bundestag, are now facing serious accusations related to corruption and bribery. Fischer left parliament in 2009, while Lintner concluded his term in 2021. The investigation, spanning over four years, culminated in accusations that point to corruption and bribery of elected officials.


Former German MPs Accused of Corruption in Alleged Azerbaijan Bribery Scandal
Eduard Lintner

Lintner, specifically, is accused of receiving funds from Azerbaijani authorities and channeling them to other MPs, including the late Karin Strenz, in exchange for making decisions favorable to Azerbaijan. These decisions were allegedly orchestrated within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The Munich prosecutor's office contends that Strenz had agreed to align her actions "in accordance with Azerbaijan's expectations."


Fischer is facing similar charges. The accusations trace back to 2011 when he is alleged to have entered into an arrangement with a representative from the Azerbaijani parliament. This purported deal involved supporting Azerbaijan's interests at the PACE, with future compensation in the form of monetary rewards. The charges encompass delivering "positive" speeches, sharing confidential information, and voting in alignment with Azerbaijan's preferences.


Lintner has not denied his advocacy for Azerbaijan, acknowledging that his companies received over 3 million euros from the country. Despite this admission, he contests the fairness of the criminal charges against him.


The case bears a resemblance to earlier accusations against another former German MP, Mark Hauptmann. However, the investigation against Hauptmann was subsequently halted.


As the legal proceedings unfold, this alleged bribery scandal raises concerns about the influence of external actors on Germany's political landscape and the ethical conduct of elected officials. The accused individuals now find themselves at the center of a controversy that will undoubtedly have significant ramifications for Germany's political and legal spheres.

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