Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ex-Deutsche Telekom Manager Convicted Over Spying on Executives, Reporters

bloomberg.com

A former Deutsche Telekom AG security manager was convicted of violating privacy rules and improperly using funds for his involvement in spying on journalists and board members at the company.

The Bonn Regional Court sentenced Klaus Trzeschan to three and a half years in prison at a hearing today. Trzeschan, who was also convicted of fraud, had admitted that he participated in the corporate spying.

The case centers on allegations that managers at the company obtained phone records for journalists and supervisory board members to search for sources of news leaks. Prosecutors in June dropped probes into former Chairman Klaus Zumwinkel and ex-Chief Executive Officer Kai-Uwe Ricke.

“I wouldn’t call this a spy affair, because we’re talking about serious crimes here,” Presiding Judge Klaus Reinhoff said after delivering the verdict. “We cannot stress enough that Deutsche Telekom made it really easy for Mr. Trzeschan to commit these crimes.”

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