Former Kohl minister guilty of hiding party funds

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18 April 2005, WIESBADEN - Former German interior minister Manfred Kanther was found guilty on Monday of helping to hide millions of euros from chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats in secret Swiss bank accounts.

18 April 2005

WIESBADEN - Former German interior minister Manfred Kanther was found guilty on Monday of helping to hide millions of euros from chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats in secret Swiss bank accounts.

Kanther was convicted on breach of trust charges in connection with a massive Christian Democratic Union (CDU) slush funds scandal in which DEM 20.8 million marks (EUR 10.6 million) was deposited in Switzerland for illegal use in elections.

The 65-year-old former minister, who used to be regarded as a law and order figure, was given an 18 month probation sentence and fined EUR 25,000.

Kanther helped hide the money - which should have been declared under German law - while serving as secretary general of the Hesse state CDU in 1983.

Former chancellor Kohl, who was also engulfed by the affair, admitted he personally took DEM 2.1 million (EUR 1.1 million) for the CDU but refused to say who gave him the money. Kohl was fined in an out of court settlement and never faced trial.

DPA

Subject: German news

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