German court jails man for blackmailing ex-Bayern chief

16th December 2014, Comments 0 comments

A German court on Tuesday jailed a man who admitted to having tried to blackmail former Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeness for hundreds of thousands of euros.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to three years and nine months after confessing to having sent Hoeness, who is currently serving a jail term for tax fraud, a blackmail letter, a court spokeswoman said.

Signed Mister X, the note was posted to Hoeness' private address in May before the football manager went to prison, demanding 215,000 euros ($277,000). The letter was immediately handed to police by Hoeness' wife.

The defendant, who has served previous prison sentences, warned in the letter that Hoeness' jail time would be "no picnic" unless he paid up, claiming he had "real influence" over how it could go.

His motive was his own financial need as well as a feeling that Hoeness had come away with a lighter sentence than he himself had earlier received, the regional court in the southern city of Munich heard.

The verdict, which came on the second day of the trial, can be appealed.

Hoeness, 62, the former boss of Bayern Munich, spent four decades at the Bundesliga champions, initially as a player, and also has a successful sausage business.

He began a three-and-a-half year jail term in March for having cheated the state out of 28.5 million euros.

During his four-day trial several months earlier, Hoeness admitted to hiding his wealth in secret Swiss bank accounts while obsessively "gambling" on stock and currency markets.

© 2014 AFP

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