The police sex scandal continues to escalate, now the public prosecutor’s office is also investigating Stuttgart’s Minister of the Interior, Thomas Strobl!
The CDU politician is suspected of having passed on a confidential letter to a journalist. Specifically, it is about a document that comes from the lawyer of the police officer concerned. The officer is accused of sexual harassment. He is said to have harassed a chief inspector in a video chat with his ideas about sexual practices.
The public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday evening that investigations had been initiated against the journalist on suspicion of prohibited reports about court hearings and Strobl on suspicion of inciting this.
The opposition called on the CDU politician to resign on Wednesday. Strobl made official secrets public, violated his duty of care as an employer and violated data protection, criticized the SPD, FDP and AfD in Stuttgart. That was a “scandalous process,” said SPD faction leader Andreas Stoch. His FDP colleague Hans-Ulrich Rülke said: “With the abysses that open up, this minister can no longer remain in office.”
Strobl rejected the criticism and refused to resign. Although there was a communication error, he is concerned in the proceedings against the senior official with “maximum clarification and maximum transparency”. He denied that he had made himself liable to prosecution by passing on the letter. The focus must be on “clarification of the allegations” against the police officer. He is said to have committed “crimes against sexual self-determination”.