German court trial for ex-MP on child pornography charges

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SHAFAQNA – A German court is set to put on trial a former German Lawmaker over child pornography charges in February.

Sebastian Edathy, a member of the Social Democratic Party, who suddenly resigned last February, has been accused of possessing pornographic images of young men.

The 45-year-old politician on Thursday denied the guilt, saying the country’s former top police officer indirectly tipped him off about launching an investigation into the case.

“What I did was definitely not morally right, but it was legal,” Edathy said during his first news conference after his sudden resignation in February in Berlin.

Asked by reporters whether he was a pedophile or not, Edathy said that the issue was none of their business.

Joerg Ziercke, the former head of Germany’s national police, denied tipping Edathy off about the inquiry.

A parliamentary committee has launched an investigation into the suspected security breach. The aim was to show if anyone else had breached his oath of official secrecy in the course of the probe.

Earlier this year, the scandal caused Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask one of her cabinet ministers to resign over the charges that he revealed the criminal investigation in advance.

The Christian Social Union is still angry that one of his important ministers, Hans-Peter Friedrich, had to resign in February after accepting he warned Edathy‘s Social Democrats about police query.

Source:PressTV

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