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German ex-minister jailed over corruption

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German ex-minister jailed over corruption


A former German junior defence minister has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of corruption.

Ludwig-Holger Pfahls, 62, was also convicted of tax evasion after admitting to receiving funds from an arms dealer who supplied tanks to Saudi Arabia. But his defence team says he could be set free again next month, because of the time he spent held on remand in France. The court in Augsburg was told he received the equivalent of about two million euros in relation to the tank and other deals. Prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of bribery following the testimony of Germany’s ex-chancellor. Helmut Kohl testified that he and not Pfahls had the final say over the export of 36 Fuchs armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia as part of Germany’s contribution to the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait.
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