5th Jun 2023

German judiciary investigates EU anti-fraud chief

The German judiciary has started an investigation into Franz-Hermann Brüner, the director of EU anti-fraud office OLAF, for alleged defamation and libel, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The complaint against Mr Brüner was filed by the Brussels correspondent of the German magazine Stern, Hans-Martin Tillack.

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During a televised interview in March, shortly after a raid at Mr Tillack's home and office based on a complaint by OLAF, Mr Brüner attacked Mr Tillack's work, saying that the journalist "had not carried out his research according to the rules of law".

Earlier this year OLAF filed a report about Mr Tillack to both the German and Belgian judiciary claiming that the journalist had paid 8000 euro or marks to an EU official in order to get information.

No charges have yet been raised against Mr Tillack in either country.

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