March 9, 2002 |
Wiretap recordings of Helmut Kohl collected by the East German secret police were sealed by a court, handing the former chancellor a victory with broad implications for public access to the Communist-era spy files. Kohl, whose 16 years in power included the reunification of Germany in 1990, had argued that he was entitled to protection under the law for victims of the Stasi secret police.
July 12, 2001 |
Hundreds of mourners fell silent Wednesday as Germany's former Chancellor Helmut Kohl shook holy water onto his wife's coffin to bid her farewell. About 1,000 people attended a memorial Mass with Kohl, the couple's two sons and foreign dignitaries in the 11th century Speyer Cathedral. Hannelore Kohl, 68, killed herself last week rather than continue to fight a rare disease that confined her to darkness.
July 6, 2001 |
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's wife, Hannelore, was found dead Thursday at the family home in Oggersheim. Letters left for her husband, sons and friends indicated that she had taken her own life to escape the pain of a rare illness that made her allergic to sunlight.
July 5, 2001 |
Helmut Kohl won a court ruling Wednesday blocking the release of his conversations that were secretly recorded by East German spies, a victory in the former chancellor's attempts to defend his legacy as the leader who reunited Germany. After a one-day hearing, the Berlin administrative court agreed with Kohl's lawyers, who argued that he could claim protection under provisions shielding the victims of surveillance by the East's pervasive communist-era secret police, the Stasi.
March 3, 2001 |
German justice authorities announced Friday that a criminal investigation of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been closed in exchange for his payment of a $140,000 fine, but the political financing scandal that has besmirched his reputation appears far from over. Dropping the inquiry closes the door to criminal charges but leaves the former leader with no grounds to invoke a right against self-incrimination under questioning in a parliamentary probe still underway.
February 9, 2001 |
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has agreed to pay a $140,000 fine--and avoid criminal prosecution--under a deal offered by prosecutors to close a criminal inquiry into his role in a party financing scandal. Under the deal, Kohl would acknowledge a "breach of trust" for illegally accepting at least $1 million in cash donations for his Christian Democratic Union, his lawyer said.