Augsburg (dpa/lby) - A major case of bribery at the Swabian Lech steelworks has to be partially renegotiated after a decision by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH). The judgment of the Augsburg Regional Court from June 2021 became mostly final after the decision, said district court spokesman Michael Rauh on Friday. The BGH had published its judgment the day before.
According to the information, the prison sentence of four years and three months for a former steel works manager who had stopped his hand was confirmed in the appeal process. A subcontractor at the plant who paid the bribes to get orders remains in prison for three years and nine months.
The bribery system at the steel mills has occupied the Augsburg judiciary for years. In addition to the main proceedings at the district court, several smaller cases also ended up at the district court. According to the judgment of the regional court at the time, the corruption system was essentially operated by a managing director of a subsidiary of the steel works, who has since died. The criminal court found that the man wanted to become a millionaire with the bribes.
The Lech steel works produce 1.1 million tons of steel annually. The approximately 800 employees deal in particular with the recycling of scrap cars. The steelworks therefore describes itself as Bavaria's largest recycling company.