Fugitive former German minister jailed for fraud
A former German government minister who lived as a fugitive for years and was at the centre of a bribery scandal was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison yesterday for fraud.
A court in Augsburg sentenced Ludwig-Holger Pfahls, for hiding a fortune worth more than €5m to avoid paying fines from a previous conviction.
Pfahls, who had admitted accepting millions of Deutschmarks from an arms dealer to help smooth the delivery of armoured personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia, remained silent as the verdict was read.
Pfahls left the defence ministry in 1992 and disappeared in Asia in 1999 when an international warrant was issued for his arrest. He spent five years on the run. He was extradited to Germany in 2005.