Ex-German president charged with corruption

Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file picture, then German president Christian Wulff  speaks at a press conference  in Berlin. Germany's former President Christian Wulff has rejected a deal to shelve legal proceedings against him in a scandal over alleged favors that prompted his resignation. His lawyers say he'll instead fight to be cleared in court. Hannover prosecutors offered to close the case against Wulff in exchange for a fine - a common German practice. But Wulff's lawyers say he can't accept conditions. Attorney Michael Nagel said Tuesday April 9, 2013 : "We as defense lawyers trust that at the end of these proceedings there will be a decision that will fully rehabilitate and clear President Wulff."  (AP Photo/dpa, Rainer Jensen,file)
.

View photo

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file picture, then German president Christian Wulff speaks at a press conference …

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors filed corruption charges Friday against former German President Christian Wulff over alleged favors that prompted his resignation. It is the first time a former German president is facing charges in court.

The move came after Wulff rejected an offer to settle his case for a fine, saying that he'd rather fight to clear his name in court, according to the dpa news agency.

Wulff resigned in February 2012 following a barrage of allegations, including that he accepted inappropriate favors when he was Lower Saxony's governor before being elected president in 2010.

The charges are related specifically to about 4,000 euros in hotel and entertainment costs allegedly paid by German film producer David Groenewold for Wulff and his family during a visit to Oktoberfest in Munich in 2008.

Prosecutors allege Wulff then helped Groenewold try to raise support for a film project.

View Comments (6)