Interior Minister Faeser had dismissed Schönbohm after allegations without waiting for disciplinary proceedings. No indications of a procedure were found against the ex-BSI boss.
The FDP Vice-Chairman Wolfgang Kubicki considers a public apology from Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to the deposed BSI boss Arne Schönbohm to be necessary.
“Mrs. Faeser replaced Mr. (Arne) Schönbohm because of allegations by Jan Böhmermann without waiting for disciplinary proceedings. This damaged his reputation,” Kubicki told Business Insider. “It would show human size and it would even be an obligation to care for the Employer when she publicly apologizes to Mr. Schönbohm.”
Faeser dismissed Schönbohm as president of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in November after the ZDF satirist Böhmermann accused him of being too close to a cyber club with alleged contacts to Russian secret services. Schönbohm fought back and is now President of the Federal Academy for Public Administration.
As the portal has already reported, the Ministry of the Interior has now informed Schönbohm’s lawyers that the preliminary investigations have not led to the initiation of proceedings. Ministry circles then told the German Press Agency that a lack of trust in Schönbohm’s administration and in his ability to set up the BSI as a central cyber security authority in particularly challenging times was decisive for the personnel decision at the time.
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