MNCHEN (dpa-AFX) – In the Union’s mask affair, the former Bavarian Justice Minister Alfred Sauter is now bowing to massive pressure and leaving the CSU parliamentary group. The 70-year-old is clearly anticipating his threatened exclusion.
Sauter wrote to parliamentary group leader Thomas Kreuzer on Monday that he did not want the discussion about his membership in the parliamentary group to shape the discussion in the next few days and weeks. The letter has been submitted to the German Press Agency. “I am therefore terminating my membership in the parliamentary group with immediate effect.” But Sauter added: “I am convinced that the allegations will prove to be baseless and I am already saying that I want to be re-accepted into the parliamentary group after the proceedings are over.”
The Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating Sauter because of an initial suspicion of corruption. He has denied the allegations through his lawyer. The investigations are in connection with the purchase of corona protective masks by the state – and in connection with allegations of corruption against the Bundestag member Georg Nlein, who has since left the CSU and, like Sauter, also comes from the Swabian district of Gnzburg.
On Sunday, Sauter had already resigned all CSU party offices, including his seats on the CSU Presidium and Board of Directors and the head of the CSU Finance Commission. At that time, however, he had refused to leave the parliamentary group and merely declared that his membership would be suspended. “Since I will no longer address the group until the allegations have been resolved in the ongoing proceedings, additional sanctions on the part of the group would not only be superfluous but also illegal,” he warned the group chairman.
According to reports, the parliamentary group’s executive committee was willing to initiate the expulsion of Sauters on Monday – the whole parliamentary group should have decided on this Thursday. The state parliament CSU had given Sauter an ultimatum until Sunday noon in order to “plausibly and comprehensibly dispel” the allegations made against him. Sauter had rejected the ultimatum. The investigation is a matter for the public prosecutor, so he does not comment.
On Monday, Sauter wrote that after it appeared that the parliamentary group wanted to run an exclusion procedure despite his letter to suspend his membership, he had been asked by many “to give the colleagues of the CSU parliamentary group in the Bavarian state parliament a vote on this matter save “. “After 31 years this is very difficult for me, among other things because many people quickly express the presumption of innocence but apparently no longer take it seriously.” / Ctt / DP / fba