Berlin : Germany’s former president Christian Wulff, who resigned amid a scandal last year, will face court on charges of accepting a favour while in office, justice officials said on Tuesday, reports AFP. Wulff, 54, who was Germany’s youngest president and served less than two years in the largely ceremonial job, will become the country’s first former head of state to answer charges in court.
He is accused of having allowed a film producer friend to pick up part of his Munich hotel bill during a 2008 Oktoberfest visit in return for lending support to a film project when he was Lower Saxony’s state premier.
Film producer David Groenewold has also been charged on suspicion he paid more than 500 euros ($668) for Wulff and his wife, from whom the ex-president has since separated. Wulff has insisted he did not notice the favour at the time and later repaid the money in cash. The trial is expected to start on November 1 in Hanover.