EAST GERMANY

Wolfgang Vogel

Included here:

1. Whitney Biography

2. Follow-on Reportage

 

1. Whitney Biography

Whitney, Craig R. Spy Trader: Germany's Devil's Advocate and the Darkest Secrets of the Cold War. New York: Times Books, 1993. 1994. [pb]

2. Follow-on Reportage

Whitney, Craig R. "Former Iron Curtain Lawyer Cleared of Blackmail Charges." New York Times, 16 Aug. 1998. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"In January 1996, a state court in Berlin found [Vogel] guilty on five counts of blackmail. He appealed the convictions, and the same court acquitted him of 32 similar charges later the same year.

"Now Vogel, 73, has his good name back. Germany's highest court found in his favor on two of the appealed cases and announced this week that prosecutors had agreed to drop the others. He and his lawyers say they expect that next week a Berlin tax court will drop parallel charges of evading $5.6 million in taxes on money the West German authorities paid him for arranging secret prisoner releases....

"As part of the bargaining that settled the criminal cases..., he and his lawyers agreed not to contest another conviction two years ago for perjury and falsely swearing in notarized statements. That conviction stands, with a suspended 14-month jail sentence and a $65,700 fine, so it would be impossible for Vogel to practice law again even if he wanted to."

 

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