The Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office sees "no initial suspicion of criminal behavior" by FDP leader Christian Lindner in connection with a real estate loan.
The department for combating corruption has thus closed an examination process, the authority announced on Friday. The reason for the examination was that Lindner had written a greeting for the Karlsruhe BBBank in the spring, from which he had also taken out a loan for a private house purchase.
The “Spiegel” first reported on the greeting and the credit. On the basis of this report, the Berlin prosecutor initiated a preliminary investigation. The public prosecutor's office would only have been entitled to investigate if there were sufficient indications of criminal conduct.
The authority has now explained that the examination did not result in an initial suspicion of bribery of MPs or the acceptance of an advantage, which is "in any case remote". No indications were found that the granting of the loan "would have been linked to the expectation of influencing future and/or rewarding past service activities".
Lindner had already rejected a connection between his real estate financing and the greeting after the test became known. There is no basis whatsoever for the fact that "things have been kept secret", he explained through his lawyer.