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Saturday, August 20, 2005

German Ex-Junior Minister Jailed Over Saudi Arms Deal

Former German Junior Defense Minister Ludwig-Holger Pfahls was jailed on Aug. 12 for two years and three months on bribery and tax evasion charges stemming from an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Pfahls, 62, who served as state secretary for defense from 1987 to 1992 under then Chancellor Helmut Kohl, admitted during his trial to receiving about 2 million euros ($2.5 million) in bribes from Canadian-German dealer Karlheinz Schreiber for arms sales and failing to declare the income.

In testimony before the court in this southern German city, Kohl helped clear Pfahls on a separate corruption charge by saying that Pfahls had had no influence over the controversial deal to export 36 armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War. The former German leader said he had given the go-ahead for the sale alone, after making a secret personal pledge in late 1990 to then U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, who had asked Germany to help the Saudis. Read More ....

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