Wuppertal Was there actually “an injustice agreement between the city authorities and the auditing office” in matters of ASS, as ex-department head Panagiotis Paschalis said on December 15, 2018 in the Rundschau, or is it perhaps a case of defamation after all?
In the local court trial against Paschalis, who defends himself against a penalty order, there was now trial day No. 2. It shows: A violent internal city hall disagreement is public. Attorney Professor Dr. Endrick Wilhelm, defender of Paschalis, who is himself a lawyer, said with a view to the deselection of Paschalis as head of department for citizen participation, law and participation control: “A reputation and an existence have been destroyed here. At the end of this process, my client will be rehabilitated. “
Wuppertal Marketing GmbH (WMG), through which the business and payment relationships between ASS and the city (which holds a 30 percent stake in WMG), were handled by lawyer Wilhelm as a “straw company”. The city’s anti-corruption officer who was summoned as a witness refused to testify in court. Further testimony has been announced – however, the judge in charge of the process criticized the “lack of willingness to provide information”.