Daimler Says Not Worried About Probe of Former Merkel Assistant

Daimler AG said it’s not concerned about an investigation whether Eckart von Klaeden, a former aide of Chancellor Angela Merkel, violated corruption rules by joining the German carmaker.

“We’re looking forward to the prosecutor’s investigation with great equanimity and have absolutely no doubts about the integrity of Eckart von Klaeden,” Joerg Howe, a spokesman for Daimler, said today by phone. The investigation by the Berlin prosecutor’s office was triggered by an anonymous report, he said.

Von Klaeden, a former state minister at Merkel’s chancellery, announced in May he would join Daimler as head of external affairs. He stayed at his government job until September.

Von Klaeden has contacted prosecutors through his lawyer and is “fully” cooperating with them, Handelsblatt cited him as saying in an interview. “I am confident that the allegations that were anonymously brought against me can be completely cleared.”

Von Klaeden didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment through Daimler and by phone. The Berlin prosecution office didn’t answer phone calls. German news magazine Der Spiegel first reported the investigation.

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