Former German president to stand trial

AP News
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 5:59 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says the country's former president will go on trial on corruption charges in November.

The Hannover state court announced Tuesday it had accepted prosecutors' case against Christian Wulff, though knocked down charges from bribery to the lesser charge of accepting favors. It scheduled a trial to begin November 1.

Wulff in April rejected settling his case for a fine, saying he wanted to clear his name in court.

Wulff resigned in February 2012 following allegations he received a favorable loan and hotel stays from friends when he was governor of Lower Saxony state before being elected president in 2010.

The court says film producer friend David Groenewold, who also rejected a settlement, will also be tried on charges of providing favors to Wulff.