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Prosecutors are examining investigations against Scholz


SPIEGEL reported that Olaf Scholz and his wife Britta Ernst had disposed of confidential documents in their household waste. The public prosecutor's office in Potsdam is now examining whether investigations are necessary.

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Britta Ernst with husband Olaf Scholz at the final of the European Women's Soccer Championship in London

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After a SPIEGEL report about the discovery of confidential documents in Olaf Scholz's household waste, the Potsdam public prosecutor's office is examining whether preliminary proceedings should be initiated against the Chancellor for breaching official secrecy.

This is what WDR Investigativ writes on Twitter.

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office confirmed a request, the tweet said.

At the end of July, SPIEGEL reported that neighbors of Olaf Scholz and his wife Britta Ernst had come across internal documents in the chancellor couple's household waste.

Among other things, a piece of paper ended up in the garbage on which photos and "brief profiles of the partners" of the heads of state and government from the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau were noted.

Classified information must be made unrecognizable

The content of the paper may sound trivial at first, but the document was classified by the Federal Foreign Office as "classified information - for official use only".

Strict rules applied: Such classified information was to be destroyed in such a way "that the content is neither recognizable nor can it be made recognizable".

It was above all the Brandenburg Minister of Education, Ernst, who threw away some confidential papers without shredding them.

Among other things, their neighbors found calendar entries, drafts of speeches and clothing lists in the household waste of the SPD couple.


Source: spiegel

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