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German 'bishop of bling' Tebartz-van Elst settles case

  • 18 November 2013
  • From the section Europe

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

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was accused of lying under oath over his flights to India.

Claims that the bishop spent more than 31m euros (£26m; $42m) on renovating his official residence caused outrage.

Pope Francis ordered the bishop to take a leave of absence from his post.

An investigation into Bishop Tebartz-van Elst's apparently lavish spending is taking place.

The bishop was facing prosecution in Hamburg over claims he gave false statements in a case against Der Spiegel magazine, which had reported that he took first-class flights to visit slum dwellers.

Church members in Germany pay a compulsory church tax out of their income.

Image caption The bishop's official residence in Limburg has been described as luxurious

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