Baden-Württemberg: Strobl affair: Greens and CDU for committee of inquiry

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - According to their own statements, the Greens and the CDU want to participate in the investigation in the planned committee of inquiry into the affair surrounding Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) and sexual harassment by the police.

Baden-Württemberg: Strobl affair: Greens and CDU for committee of inquiry

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - According to their own statements, the Greens and the CDU want to participate in the investigation in the planned committee of inquiry into the affair surrounding Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) and sexual harassment by the police. "Of course, our parliamentary group will also participate in a fair and transparent processing of the events and contribute to the investigation in a committee of inquiry," said the parliamentary director of the Greens parliamentary group, Daniel Lede Abal, on Tuesday.

The opposition factions of the SPD and FDP had previously decided to set up a committee of inquiry. He is to be discussed in the state parliament on Wednesday. The committee is not only supposed to shed light on Strobl's passing on of a letter from a lawyer, but also to take a close look at the promotion practice and the issue of sexual harassment at the police force. "The events in the Interior Ministry raise further open questions for the opposition," said Lede Abal. "The FDP and SPD have therefore decided to clarify the matter in Parliament - that is their right."

The parliamentary director of the CDU parliamentary group, Andreas Deuschle, told the dpa that the committee would be approached "calmly, calmly and of course constructively". Respect the opposition's right to appoint a committee. But it is also clear that a committee of inquiry is an important instrument for serious investigation and not for "cheap sensationalism". "Whatever the specific object of the committee of inquiry is: We will clarify the issue properly and not let ourselves be infected by the hysteria and the oppositional market clamor of the SPD and FDP."

The CDU politician and Deputy Prime Minister Strobl is under massive pressure because he forwarded a letter from a high-ranking police officer's lawyer 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.

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