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State parliament president files criminal charges: who is betraying whom?


Jul 1, 2021

Schleswig-Holstein’s police commissioner is accused by the president of the state parliament of leaking internal info.

Citizen and police commissioner and alleged "leaker" Samiah El Samadoni Photo: dpa

"Piercing" is what it is called when internal documents are leaked to the public. Depending on the type of information, this disclosure can be considered a betrayal of secrets, i.e. a criminal offense. For example, the president of the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament, Klaus Schlie (CDU), has filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons for a piercing that occurred in May of this year. Now an expert opinion, which is available to the taz, describes that the document in question could possibly originate from Schlie’s own close environment.

The document in question is a disciplinary complaint against the citizens’ and police commissioner Samiah El Samadoni (SPD). NDR first reported on the complaint in May, which had been received by the state parliament – the commissioners are formally affiliated with the state parliament administration. The accusation against El Samadoni is that she made public confidential contents from a conversation with the head of the Eutin police school, i.e. that she also "leaked" information.

El Samadoni’s lawyer, Gerhard Strate, denied the accusations at the time. The head of the police school has since admitted that other people were present at the confidential conversation.

Content from the conversation was found on a police unionist’s smartphone, which the Kiel prosecutor’s office seized in 2019. He is also alleged to have passed on confidential information, including to the police reporter of the Kieler Nachrichten. The trade unionist’s smartphone has become a career killer: Interior Minister Hans-Joachim Grote (CDU) lost his office because of chats on this phone; he is said to have gotten too close to the journalist and the police unionist.

Gerhard Strate, lawyer of Samiah El Samadoni.

"Probably the announcement was launched from the close environment of the president of the state parliament."

But how did the internal disciplinary complaint get to the NDR? The Independent State Center for Data Protection (ULD) investigated that. The goal was to find out from which source and at what time the document was passed on. A version of the paper was available to the Landtag’s Council of Elders, in which members of all parties are represented. The other was the version circulating in Klaus Schlie’s environment, i.e. held by himself and close associates.

The technical department of the ULD examined both documents and compared them with the images of the NDR. Traces of creases in the paper were examined, as well as discolorations that indicate earlier handwritten entries. Very likely, according to the experts’ investigations, it is not the version that the Council of Elders had.

"We do not comment on ongoing investigations or leaked information, nor on false conclusions," says a spokeswoman for Schlies. For the state parliament, "it is crucial that the true perpetrator, as in other cases of indiscretion, can be determined from the council of elders."

However, there is no evidence for this accusation. Marit Hansen, head of the ULD, reports that there is a reply from the president of the state parliament, but she is not allowed to publish this letter or the expert opinion. Like other media, taz had requested access to the report and the correspondence at ULD, but without success: "One of the parties involved, either Ms. El Samadoni or the state parliament, is currently refusing to take this step," says Hansen.

However, the ULD has already discontinued its investigation, since from the authority’s point of view it cannot be determined exactly which person passed the document on to the broadcaster. But Hansen says, "We currently have no evidence or arguments that make us doubt the accuracy of our opinion." He adds that ULD would be happy to provide all documents.

El Samadoni’s lawyer Strate draws a conclusion: "It is highly probable that the charges against Ms. El Samadoni were launched to the public from the close circle of the president of the state parliament in Kiel."

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