German ex-MP makes payment to end ‘child porn’ trial

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A German former lawmaker Monday agreed to pay 5,000 euros ($5,600) and admit guilt on child pornography charges in exchange for a court halting his high-profile trial.

The case against Sebastian Edathy, formerly a high-flying MP known for fighting far-right extremists, had triggered a major political scandal that led to the resignation of a cabinet minister.

Edathy, 45, admitted to the charges through a statement read out by his lawyer and expressed regret, paving the way for the court proceedings to be stopped. He will have no criminal record.

The payment will go to a child protection association.

Edathy went on trial in the northern town of Verden a week ago, accused of downloading images and video files featuring child pornography onto his work laptop in 2013.

He had also been suspected of possessing a book and a CD with pictures which prosecutors said contained illicit material featuring minors.

“In the criminal case against Sebastian Edathy on possession of child pornography, the proceedings… are stopped,” the judge, Juergen Seifert, said Monday, the second day of the trial.

“The accused in the end…. admitted his wrongdoing in front of the entire German public,” he said.

The judge also said that child pornography was a “grave crime” and that without …Read More

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