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German minister resigns over MP 'probe leak'

Published on Feb 15, 2014 12:41 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - A minister of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government announced his resignation Friday over claims he leaked confidential information about an international child porn probe.

Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who was then interior minister, has come under fire for tipping off the party chief of a prominent MP that the lawmaker was under investigation.

"I offered Chancellor Angela Merkel my resignation today from my post as federal agriculture minister," Mr Friedrich said in a hastily called televised statement.

He reiterated earlier remarks that he believed he had "acted politically and legally correctly".

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