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
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.