Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - Because of the affair about the passing on of a lawyer's letter to the press, Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) should no longer take part in swearing-in ceremonies of the Bundeswehr from the point of view of the FDP. Strobl was planned as a representative of the state government when recruits from the NBC defense battalion 750 "Baden" and the air force training battalion Germersheim made their ceremonial vows in Bruchsal Castle (Karlsruhe district) in June, said the spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Hans Dieter Scheerer, on Tuesday friday with That is completely unacceptable. "As long as there are investigations against Minister Strobl, he cannot attend the swearing-in ceremony for the Bundeswehr," stressed Scheerer.
The allegations against Strobl, Scheerer said, weigh heavily that the disclosure of official secrets violated the principles of the rule of law and that investigations against him were obstructed. However, the servicewomen and men are sworn to adhere to precisely these principles when they are sworn in. "The servicewomen and men are expected to perform their duties flawlessly throughout their service. The country must not be represented by a top person against whom such things are being discussed."
The CDU politician Strobl is under massive pressure because he forwarded a letter from the lawyer of a high-ranking police officer to a journalist. The official is being investigated for sexual harassment and has been suspended from work. The opposition accuses Strobl of having broken several laws by passing on the letter. After Strobl admitted that the letter had been passed on at the beginning of May, the public prosecutor's office initiated investigations into suspected illegal disclosure of court hearings.