Merkel minister faces inquiry over mayoral past

Other News Materials 4 April 2008 23:50 (UTC +04:00)

A minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's German federal government faces an inquiry over allegations of improper influence while he was mayor of an eastern German city in 2002, his office said Friday. ( dpa )

Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, a Social Democrat, was previously mayor of Leipzig and is a prominent voice for the interests of the formerly communist east of the country.

Prosecutors were inquiring into alleged influence-peddling in the city, amid claims that corporate donations to back its unsuccessful bid to host an Olympic games were rewarded with official favours.

Tiefensee's office said the inquiry had included Tiefensee as an alleged accessory. The aides in Berlin said the claims against him were without substance.