HAMBURG (dpa-AFX) – The Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (PUA) of the Hamburg citizenship on the “Cum-Ex” scandal continues its hearing of witnesses on Friday (2 p.m.) with the questioning of tax officials. The former head of the tax office for large companies and another official from this tax office have been invited. In addition, the senior counsel of Warburg Bank is expected in Hamburg City Hall.
The investigative committee wants to clarify the allegation that leading SPD politicians were exerting influence on the tax treatment of the Warburg Bank, which was involved in the “Cum-Ex” scandal. The background to this are meetings between the Mayor of Hamburg at the time, Olaf Scholz, and the co-owner of the bank, Christian Olearius, in 2016 and 2017. At that time, there were already investigations against Olearius on suspicion of serious tax evasion.
Hamburg later allowed possible additional tax claims of 47 million euros to be barred; a further claim of 43 million euros was only called after the Federal Ministry of Finance intervened. In the meantime, Warburg Bank has paid all tax claims, but this is not an admission of guilt, as it emphasized.
At the end of April, the Federal Minister of Finance and SPD candidate for Chancellor Scholz testified before the committee and rejected any suspicion of exerting influence. However, he could not remember the content of the conversations with Olearius and Warburg. Olearius himself is to be questioned by the committee on June 25th / klm/DP/zb