Investigation against CDU man in mask affair | Free press

Suhl (dpa) – In the Union mask affair, Mark Hauptmann, a former Bundestag CDU member from Thuringia, is under investigation on suspicion of bribing elected officials.

State criminal police officials searched the politician’s former constituencies and several CDU district offices in Thuringia, as the Thuringian prosecutor announced. Hauptmann’s office in the Bundestag and his living quarters in Thuringia and Brandenburg were also searched, as well as a company in the Frankfurt am Main area.

She is said to have paid the politician money for entering into deals with corona protective masks. According to the investigating authority, this is “a high amount of six figures in euros”. The company is also under investigation – for suspected bribery of elected officials. LKA president Jens Kehr told the German news agency: “We went into more complex search measures to investigate the suspicion against former MP Hauptmann.”

According to the investigating authority, there are “tangible factual indications” against Hauptmann that in his position as a member of the Bundestag he acted as a mediator for the supply of corona protection masks to an import and export company. According to the Public Prosecution Service, he would have invoiced the high amount for the mediation work through a company he founded. The company would have paid this amount.

In a newspaper interview, Hauptmann denied that he had received any money for the mediation. He is said to have transported the masks to districts in Thuringia, among other places. According to the public prosecutor, the Thuringian Higher Regional Court Hauptmann has imposed a so-called property judgment of 997,000 euros in connection with the company. This is to ensure that the money is not lost.

The preliminary investigation against the 36-year-old has been running since Saturday – a day after Hauptmann left the Bundestag. The reason was the allegations made by the lobby, which made the mask shops known. The media reported on paid advertisements from Azerbaijani agencies in the “Südthüringer Kurier” published by Hauptmann. According to the attorney general’s office, this is also being investigated.

According to the CDU, the district offices in Suhl, Hildburghausen, Sonneberg and Schmalkalden-Meiningen have been searched. “We assure the researchers of our unlimited support,” said Christian Herrgott, secretary general of the Thuringia CDU. “In this case, transparency and clarity were our goal from the start.” He pointed out that the state party acted immediately after the allegations against Hauptmann became known and, among other things, monitored previous years’ CDU party donations in all Thuringian district associations.

The reason for this step was a donation of 7,000 euros to the Suhl district association of the CDU, of which until recently Hauptmann was chairman, who became known in connection with the mask business. The Bundestag government is currently checking whether this donation is inadmissible. In any case, the Thuringian CDU wants to hand over the money.

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