'Bling bishop' ordered to pay fine

2013-11-18 21:08


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Hamburg - A leading German clergyman dubbed "bling bishop" for his lavish spending was ordered on Monday by a Hamburg court to pay a fine of €20 000 for lying under oath.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg in the west German state of Hesse was accused by Hamburg prosecutors of making false statements in a court case concerning a first-class flight he took to India.

Prosecutors claim the 53-year-old bishop made false statements during court action against the news weekly Der Spiegel when he denied having told the magazine that he flew only business class.

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