Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst - file image
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'Bishop of bling' charges dropped in Germany

Prosecutors in Germany have agreed to drop legal proceedings against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Limburg in return for payment of a 20,000-euro (£16,800: $27,000) fine.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was accused of lying under oath after a magazine claimed he flew first class to visit impoverished people in India.

Prosecutors said the size of the settlement reflected the seriousness of the allegations.

Claims that the bishop spent more than 31m euros on renovating his official residence have also caused outrage in Germany, leading some to dub him the "Bishop of bling".

Damien McGuinness reports.

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