Lower Saxony and Bremen
City Council Matter Review Process: Pleadings Awaited
03/18/2022 01:02 am
Hanover (dpa / lni) – The review process of the city council’s case on illegal assignments against the former mayor of Hanover, Stefan Schostok, is coming to an end. Arguments are now scheduled for Friday (9:00 am) and a sentence may already be handed down, as announced by the Hannover district court. Due to the illness of a member of the court, the continuation of the trial scheduled for early last week had failed.
The town hall matter concerns allocations of around €49,500, which Schostok’s former office manager and lead lawyer Frank Herbert illegally received between April 2015 and May 2018. Schostok is said to have known of the illegality of the assignment since October 2017, but did not stop it. In April 2020, the Hannover Regional Court acquitted Schostok of the charge of serious breach of trust and his former office manager was fined for fraud by omission. In both cases, the Hannover prosecutor’s office appealed, and Herbert also appealed against the verdict.
Last year, however, the Federal Court of Justice overturned Schostok’s acquittal on a charge of breach of trust. Herbert’s conviction for fraud by omission was also overturned and remanded to the Hannover Regional Court for rehearing.