Maladministration and corruption: Public prosecutor's office charges against ex-Bamf boss

In the case of alleged maladministration in the Bremen refugee office, the prosecutor has brought charges against the former Amtsleiterin and two lawyers.

The accused are charged with a total of 121 criminal offenses, according to the prosecution on Thursday. It concerns the period between June 2014 and March 2018. The defendants are accused of having created a permanent system for processing asylum follow-up applications. This is intended to protect foreign clients of the accused lawyers against deportation or to improve their residence status.

In the spring of 2018 there was initially talk of about 1200 cases. The suspected grievances and corruption threw a bad light on the Bremen branch office, the Federal Office in Nuremberg and the asylum system as a whole. Bamf head Jutta Cordt had to leave in June 2018. The scandal fueled the dispute between Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on asylum policy. That would have almost led to the failure of the Federal Government.

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