Germany ex-president to be tried in favors scandal
AFPBERLIN--Germany's former President Christian Wulff, who resigned amid a scandal last year, will face court on charges of accepting a favor while in office, justice officials said Tuesday.
August 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Wulff, 54, who was Germany's youngest president and served less than two years in the largely ceremonial job, will become the country's first former head of state to answer charges in court.
He is accused of having allowed a film producer friend to pick up part of his Munich hotel bill during a 2008 Oktoberfest visit in return for lending support to a film project when he was Lower Saxony's state premier.
Film producer David Groenewold has also been charged on suspicion he paid more than 500 euros (US$668) for Wulff and his wife, from whom the ex-president has since separated.