German officials quit after Stasi past revealed

2nd December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The two men, both members of the radical left-wing party Die Linke, were accused of failing to come clean over their links with the Stasi, as is obliged, before taking up their positions.

Berlin -- The vice president of the German state of Brandenburg's parliament and another regional official resigned on Monday following revelations of their past links to the East German secret police.

Gerlinde Stobrawa and regional deputy Renate Adolph -- both members of a radical left-wing party Die Linke -- were accused of failing to come clean over their links with the Stasi, as is obliged, before taking up their positions.

Stobrawa, 60, had been outed by German media as Stasi informant "IM Marisa" who spied on colleagues from 1987 onwards.

She denied the allegations, but her party said she chose to resign so as not to harm the work of her position.

Adolph confirmed Monday that she had worked for the Stasi but did not have the courage to own up, and chose to resign so as not to bring her party into disrepute.

Another alleged ex-Stasi agent and regional deputy, Gerd-Rudiger Hoffmann, refused to resign.

The despised Stasi was responsible for spying on and imprisoning hundreds of people who criticised the regime in the former German Democratic Republic.

AFP/Expatica

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