• Short Summary

    HERR FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, WEST GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, GAVE EVIDENCE, APRIL 13, TO A SPECIAL PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE PROBING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS IMPROPERLY INVOLVED IN A 300-MILLION MARK -OVER GBP27 MILLION STERLING - CONSTRUCTION DEAL.

  • Description

    HERR FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, WEST GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, GAVE EVIDENCE, APRIL 13, TO A SPECIAL PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE PROBING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS IMPROPERLY INVOLVED IN A 300-MILLION MARK -OVER GBP27 MILLION STERLING - CONSTRUCTION DEAL.

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A COMMITTEE OF THIS TYPE HAS BEEN SET UP IN BONN TO PROBE CHARGES AGAINST A PROMINENT POLITICIAN. THE HEARING HAS BEEN HELD IN PUBLIC.

    DEFENCE MINISTER STRAUSS BEGAN HIS TESTIMONY IN THE LARGE ROOM NORMALLY USED FOR MEETINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS PARLIAMENTARY GROUP. HE SAT WITH HIS BACK TO DEPUTIES AND JOURNALISTS CRAMMED IN THE ROOM. COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT IN A SEMI-CIRCLE FACING HIM.

    THE ALL-PARTY COMMITTEE WAS SET UP TO CONSIDER WHETHER HERR STRAUSS ARRANGED FOR PUBLIC CONTRACTS TO BE GIVEN TO LOTHAR SCHLOSS, A SELF-STYLED ARCHITECT, IN AN OFFICIAL LETTER IN 1960 TO THE THEN U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY, MR. THOMAS GATES, SUPPORTED THE HOMES FOR THE U.S. MILITARY IN GERMAN WITHOUT CHECKING PROPERLY AND NOT BEING THE COMPETENT AUTHORITY.

    HERR STRAUSS TOLD THE COMMITTEE IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR HIS MINISTRY TO CHECK ON SCHLOSS'S PROFESSIONAL SUITABLY AS THE DECISION ON THE PROJECT DID NOT LIE WITH THE MINISTRY. HIS SUBORDINATES HAD EXPRESSED NO RESERVATIONS ABOUT SCHLOSS, OR HE WOULD NOT HAVE SIGNED THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION.

    LATER THE COMMITTEE TOLD THE DEFENCE MINISTER THEY DID NOT CONSIDER THAT HE WAS PERSONALLY AND UNETHICALLY IMPLICATED IN THE CONTRACT DEAL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABIURUDVYZ6PQJTSIUV4T4HBRR
    Media URN:
    VLVABIURUDVYZ6PQJTSIUV4T4HBRR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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