On Sunday, 53-year-old German MP Karin Strenz, died in a return flight from Varadero, Cuba to Frankfurt, Germany, said Eckhardt Rehberg, the spokesman for the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania regional group, reports Deutsche Welle.
The Condor plane was supposed to land in Frankfurt, Germany. During the flight Strenz collapsed. Strenz was traveling with her husband on a personal trip.
Due to the medical emergency, the pilot of the Boeing 767-300 decided to make an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport, Ireland. From there, the politician was brought to Limerick University Hospital, according to the Irish news portal “The Clare Herald”. But the medics couldn’t help her anymore. An acute heart problem is suspected. An autopsy should provide clarity.
The politician had been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009 and retained her mandate when she was last suspected of corruption. Among other things, she sat on the Defense Committee. In addition to the mandate, she worked as a consultant.
At the end of January 2020, the Bundestag lifted Karin Strenz’s immunity at the request of the Frankfurt am Main public prosecutor. As a result, there were house searches of the CDU politician and the former CSU parliamentarian Eduard Lintner in connection with the flow of money from the authoritarian ruled Azerbaijan.
The Frankfurt public prosecutor spoke of around four million euros that flowed through British mailbox companies and Baltic accounts between 2008 and 2016. It was investigated for bribery and money laundering.
As early as 2019, the Presidium of the Bundestag imposed a fine of 20,000 euros on Strenz for reporting additional income from Azerbaijan too late.
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