Munich (dpa / lby) - In the series of trials relating to the drug scandal at the Munich police force, an official has been acquitted of the charge of buying drugs for the first time. The Munich district court ruled on Tuesday that the 27-year-old could not be proven that he had bought cocaine from a colleague. The accused only admitted to having snorted cocaine brought by his colleague at a party in 2019, which is not a punishable offence.
The police officer, who has been suspended for two years, was also acquitted of another charge. According to the indictment, he did nothing in 2017 when he overheard another officer harassing a citizen. According to the court, it could not be proven that the accused considered the incident to be a criminal offense that he should have reported.
The drug scandal shook the police headquarters in Munich in 2020. The public prosecutor's office investigated 37 police officers and brought eight charges so far. Several officers were fined and in one case the court sentenced them to imprisonment.