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Friday, March 19, 2004  

This is scary
A friend has just been visited by the Belgian police. Hans-Martin Tillack is the Brussels editor of the German news weekly Die Stern. In Brussels press corps terms he is one of the very few who actually digs up information. In the last two weeks he has been bring to attention the activities of MEPs and their methods of corruption. (Links in German)

According to this report
"some five Belgian police officers were searching the office and nobody was allowed to speak to Mr Tillack"

I have myself tried to get in touch with him and it has been impossible.

Last year the Commission, in the person of OLAF press spokesman Alessandro Butticé accused him of bribing officials for information on the Van Buitenen affair.

According to information received by the Office, a journalist has received a number of documents relating to the so-called "van Buitenen affair". It is not excluded that payment may have been made to somebody within OLAF (or possibly another EU institution) for these documents.

These allegations against, as I say, one of the few journalists in this town who dare ask questions were shown to be false in a humiliating climb down by OLAF. Despite admitting more than a year later that they had no evidence, these people, supposedly there to defend the citizens of Europe against fraud had to get in a dig./

OLAF CLARIFICATION REGARDING
AN APPARENT LEAK OF INFORMATION

On 27 March 2002, the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) issued a press release announcing that it had opened an internal investigation under Regulation 1073/1999 into an apparent leak of confidential information included in a report prepared within OLAF.

It stated that according to information received by the Office, a journalist had received a number of documents relating to the so-called "van Buitenen affair", and that it was not excluded that payment might have been made to somebody within OLAF (or possibly another EU institution) for these documents.

OLAF's enquiries have not yet been completed, but to date, OLAF has not obtained proof that such a payment was made
.


As of yet I do not know what he is suspected of, as I have been unable to speak to him and the police are keeping tight-lipped. But yesterday we were discussing why the main Brussels newspaper, The European Voice, had failed to carry the corruption story.

I quote from our conversation from last night.

gawain hat geschrieben:
Hans-Martin
it seems that these eastern Eurpeans are coming up to speed
quite nicely on the activities of the parliament.
G

gawain hat geschrieben:
right, they implement the aquis to the full!
HM

Hans-Martin

Thanks for that, We will no doubt follow it up, though I suspect the voice
will go big on it.

Antwort an: Antw:RE: Fraudulent MEPs
Just saw the European Voice and they didn't do a single line on it - they are much more rotten than even you seem to think...
Hans-Martin


I am very angry, and very concerned. From what I understand he was due to go back to work in Germany in the next few weeks, who knows what happens now.





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