German spy chief feared he was poisoned

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19 February 2007, Munich (dpa) - German prosecutors are leading an inquiry into the death in hospital of a departmental chief at the nation's BND espionage agency after he expressed fears that he might have been poisoned, it was disclosed Saturday. Responding, the BND said an autopsy found no evidence whatever of poison and the inquiry was primarily to discover whether there had been medical malpractice after the 57-year-old official was admitted to hospital in late 2006. Stefan Borchert, spokesman for the

19 February 2007

Munich (dpa) - German prosecutors are leading an inquiry into the death in hospital of a departmental chief at the nation's BND espionage agency after he expressed fears that he might have been poisoned, it was disclosed Saturday.

Responding, the BND said an autopsy found no evidence whatever of poison and the inquiry was primarily to discover whether there had been medical malpractice after the 57-year-old official was admitted to hospital in late 2006.

Stefan Borchert, spokesman for the BND which collects foreign intelligence for Berlin, said, "There has been no evidence whatever so far to suggest he did not die from natural causes." He charged that the media was sensationalizing the death.

Senior Munich prosecutor Anton Winkler confirmed a newspaper report that the police inquiry was opened at the request of relatives. Winkler said doctors rejected suggestions by the family that the medical treatment had been inadequate.

Relatives recalled later that the dying man had on one occasion said that he suspected he had been poisoned and if so, could guess who had done it, the prosecutor said. "We have found no evidence for this at all," said Winkler.

A capital-city newspaper, the Berliner Zeitung, said the official's responsibilities since 2003 had been for liaison with US and other "partner" agencies. He had been hospitalized in Munich with signs of paralysis, it added.

According to Winkler, a toxicological check of the man's tissue seeking poisons or radioactive substances would take several weeks.

DPA

Subject: German news

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