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BGH judgment: Kohl's widow loses dispute over millions in compensation

2021-11-29T11:42:38.704Z

According to the Federal Court of Justice, the widow of the former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is not entitled to any compensation that was once awarded to the former Chancellor.



According to the Federal Court of Justice, the widow of the former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is not entitled to any compensation that was once awarded to the former Chancellor.

A compensation of one million euros once awarded to Helmut Kohl does not go to the widow of the former chancellor.

Maike Kohl-Richter.

Such a claim is fundamentally not inheritable, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided on Monday.

The Karlsruhe judges confirmed a judgment of the Cologne Higher Regional Court (OLG) from 2018. It is therefore legally binding.

Only one constitutional complaint is now possible.

(Az. VI ZR 248/18 etc.)

The author and publisher of the bestseller “Legacy: The Kohl Protocols”, which Kohl's ghostwriter Heribert Schwan wrote after a falling out without his consent, should figures. It contains content from long, trusting conversations that took place at a time when Schwan was still working on Kohl's memoir. Because of violated personal rights, the Cologne Regional Court awarded Kohl one million euros in 2017, just a few weeks before his death. Maike Kohl-Richter continued the legal dispute as sole heir.


The BGH partially overturned a second decision, which concerns 116 currently forbidden text passages.

The judges declared some of the quotations admissible.

The OLG has to re-examine other passages.

Both judgments were formally issued as so-called partial judgments.

Because the also sued co-author Tilman Jens has died in the meantime, the legal dispute with his heirs is currently interrupted.

(dpa)

Source: merkur

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