German prosecutor calls for lifting president's immunity

16th February 2012, Comments 0 comments

A German prosecutor in the northern state of Hanover has called for the lifting of the immunity of President Christian Wulff, who has been hit by a series of scandals, his office said Thursday.

The prosecutor however can only begin proceedings against the German president if lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament agree to lift his immunity.

"After extensive checking of new documents and the evaluation of further media reports, the state prosecutor of Hanover now sees enough actual grounds and therefore an initial suspicion of accepting advantages or granting advantages," it said in a written statement.

Wulff has faced intense pressure since mid-December when a report emerged that he failed to declare a home loan at an advantageous interest rate which he had accepted from the wife of a tycoon friend while premier of the Lower Saxony state.

As new revelations then emerged almost daily about Wulff, he was forced to make a nationally televised mea culpa amid calls for his resignation over the home loan and subsequent claims he tried to hush up the story.

© 2012 AFP

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