Regensburg (dpa / lby) - The former Regensburg OB candidate of the CSU, Christian Schlegl, has to answer before the regional court of the Upper Palatinate city in connection with party donations in the 2014 local election campaign.

The process begins today; there are initially six days of negotiations.

The public prosecutor's office prefers Schlegl aiding and abetting tax evasion, violations of the political party law and unofficial false statements.

Schlegl competed against the then SPD candidate Joachim Wolbergs in 2014.

In a runoff election, Wolbergs had won the race.

Schlegl's alleged violations of the political party law are a disguise of campaign donations from the real estate industry in the amount of 100,000 euros on the occasion of his candidacy for the mayor and a presumably also disguised assumption of election campaign expenses amounting to almost 60,000 euros by a real estate company.

In addition, Schlegl is said to have made an unofficial false testimony when he gave evidence in the first trial against Wolbergs in 2018.

Wolbergs had to face two trials.

In May 2014 he took office as Lord Mayor, and in June 2016 investigations against him became public.

In the two trials, he was sentenced in June 2020 in one case of bribery and in July 2019 in two cases of taking advantage.

He was acquitted of numerous other allegations.


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