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German legislator admits lying in Volkswagen corruption scandal; steps down

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BERLIN (AP) _ A German legislator scheduled to go on trial in June resigned from Parliament on Tuesday and confessed to making false statements in connection with a corruption scandal at automaker Volkswagen AG.

Hans-Juergen Uhl was charged in January with being an accessory to breach of trust and with giving false statements in previous civil proceedings against the German media.

Uhl, a member of the Social Democratic party that is part of Germany's governing coalition, said he had confessed the lies to his family and his lawyers in the past few days, and admitted giving false statements during last year's election campaign in an effort to remain a member of parliament.

``My actions cannot be excused, but explained,'' Uhl said. ``I didn't want to lose the chance to serve my electorate and our country.''

The state court in Braunschweig has said the trial _ the second over the scandal _ will start on June 14 in nearby Wolfsburg, where VW is based.

It said that six prostitutes were being summoned to testify as witnesses. Prosecutors have said the charges of accessory to breach of trust relate to Uhl's alleged participation in events in Barcelona and Seoul in 2001 ``during the course of which the services of prostitutes allegedly were called upon.''

Parliament lifted Uhl's immunity from prosecution in December.

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German legislator admits lying in Volkswagen corruption scandal; steps down
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