Pfahls appeals prison term for tax evasion

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16 August 2005, AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Germany's former spy chief appealed Tuesday against a prison sentence handed down last week for tax evasion and for receiving a benefit as a result of a 1991 arms deal.

16 August 2005

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Germany's former spy chief appealed Tuesday against a prison sentence handed down last week for tax evasion and for receiving a benefit as a result of a 1991 arms deal.

On Friday, a court in the southern German city of Augsburg sentenced Ludwig-Holger Pfahls to two years and three months in prison after he admitted to receiving around EUR 2 million from an arms dealer and not paying tax on the money.

But his lawyer Volker Hoffmann said Tuesday that Pfahls was appealing the court's decision.

Pfahls, 62, headed Germany's BND intelligence agency from 1985 to 1987 and was a German deputy defence minister from 1987 to 1992.

From 1992, he worked for DaimlerChrysler as a senior executive in Brussels and in Singapore. While in Asia he vanished and was on the run for five years, apparently under various false identities.

Germany put the man, who had knowledge of some of its most sensitive secrets, on the international most-wanted criminal list.

Pfahls was finally tracked down and arrested last summer in Paris

DPA

Subject: German news

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