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Reports - Law breach in Hoeness case

A Munich solicitor's office has brought a charge against Munich prosecution for making their investigation against Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness public, according to reports in the German media.

German magazine Focus broke the news that Bayern president Hoeness, 61, is being investigated by the German Revenue administration for tax evasion around ten days ago. The Hoeness tax fraud story hit the headlines in Germany, with chancellor Angela Merkel explaining she was "disappointed" by Hoeness's conduct.

Germany's biggest new programme, Tagesthemen, had reported on the "larger-than-life" character of Hoeness and commented that "the fall could not be more spectacular". It was later revealed Hoeness was arrested on March 20 and later set free on a €5 million bail.

The case continued to gain nationwide attention and has since has become one of the major topics in the build-up towards the national election in September. Hoeness has kept remarkably quiet throughout and while being in the Munich stadium to witness the club's 4-0 Champions League victory over Barcelona last Tuesday, has kept away from most of the microphones.

Late last week the pressure on Hoeness mounted, with several papers suggesting he could be forced out of his position on the board and could also step down as the Bayern president. So far, however, he has remained in both roles. He will also attend Bayern's game at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

Late on Monday it was made public that a Munich solicitor's office brought a charge against Munich prosecution for making the investigations public. Under German law a voluntary disclosure guarantees anonymity and the solicitors now claim the German tax law had been breached. According to a press release the solicitors act independently from the Bayern president.

They said: "For a while now and with a lot of anxiety we have been witnessing that some parts of the prosecution have eschewed objectivity in favour of following the US example of biased prosecution."


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