Cum-ex scandal: new meeting revealed! De Masi: “The wires were running hot”
What role did Hamburg politics play in the cum-ex scandal? A joint meeting between State Secretary Kukies, the former SPD member of the Bundestag Johannes Kahrs and Warburg banker Christian Olearius raises new questions. Member of the Bundestag Fabio De Masi (Die Linke) calls on Olaf Scholz to “make all protocols and processes relating to the cum-ex scandal in Hamburg public.”
In the cum-ex tax proceedings of Bank M.M. Warburg, the Federal Ministry of Finance was more closely involved than previously known. As the current “Wirtschaftswoche” reports, a joint breakfast between Dr. Kukies, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Johannes Kahrs, the then budgetary spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group and the Warburg banker Christian Olearius.
De Masi on the Cum-Ex scandal: “The wires between the Ministry of Finance and the Hamburg Senate were (…) hot”
The Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed this in an answer to a small request from the parliamentary group Die Linke. Olearius had given Kahrs ‘district association in Hamburg a party donation, the two are said to have met several times. In addition, according to the Federal Ministry of Finance, there were 22 contacts between the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Hamburg Senate Chancellery or the local tax authorities in the twelve months from February 2020 to February 2021 alone.
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“The wires between the Ministry of Finance and the Hamburg Senate were running hot in the Cum-Ex crime thriller with the Warburg Bank,” said Member of the Bundestag Fabio De Masi (Die Linke), who considers the contacts to be extremely questionable. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s claim that one does not interfere in tax proceedings is therefore untrustworthy. De Masi: “I call on Olaf Scholz to make all protocols and processes relating to the cum-ex scandal in Hamburg public.”
Olaf Scholz: “I never influenced the Warburg tax procedure”
As a reminder: The Warburg Bank is said to be involved in cum-ex deals. Banks, investors or stock traders can have taxes refunded twice that were only paid once. In 2016, Hamburg allowed possible additional tax claims of 47 million euros to become statute-barred because tax evasion could not be proven. Another 43 million euros was only requested in 2017 after the Federal Ministry of Finance intervened.Investigations were already underway against Olearius on suspicion of serious tax evasion. At one of the meetings he is said to have given Scholz a letter.
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Before the investigative committee of the Hamburg citizenship, Olaf Scholz said at the end of April: “I never had any influence on the Warburg tax proceedings.”