Lower Saxony and Bremen
Bribery convictions of millions are final
Karlsruhe/Osnabrück (dpa/lni) – The convictions of the former managers of the Emsland Group potato processor from Emlichheim (Bentheim county) for millionaire bribes are final. As the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe announced on Thursday, the prison sentences imposed on the defendants by the Osnabrück Regional Court in March 2020 are unobjectionable. Two defendants had been sentenced to between three and four years and two months in prison for accepting bribes in business transactions and one for bribery in business transactions. Another defendant had been sentenced to a suspended sentence of two years (AZ. BGH: 3 StR 375/21).
Two former managers of the potato processor Emsland Group are said to have received 25 per cent of a Bremen logistics company in exchange for exclusive transport contracts. According to the conviction, between 2007 and 2014 they received profit shares of about 2.1 million euros each. The Emsland Group is the largest potato starch manufacturer in Germany. Two former directors of the logistics service provider were also charged.