Archive photo shows Jean-Claude Juncker attending a debate on Malta’s EU presidency, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 18 January 2017
Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Newspaper claims that an investigation has been opened into European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg have been denied by the country’s prosecution service.
The Times’s story published on Wednesday claimed that he was “embroiled in a new criminal investigation into claims that “tampered” evidence misled an inquiry into phone-tapping.”
The newspaper continues by saying that Juncker is accused of allowing his officials to present inaccurate information under oath in the case of an illegal wiretap more than ten years ago when he was still prime minister.
The newspaper suggests Juncker approved an incomplete transcript from a covertly recorded conversation to disguise his alleged involved in illegal phone tapping involving the Luxembourg intelligence service.
On Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Luxembourg prosecution service issued a statement saying that no such investigation exists.
“Currently, there is no investigation against former prime minister Mr Jean-Claude Juncker. Within the context of the alleged wiretapping by Luxembourg intelligence service (Srel), the former director, Mr Marco Mille, and former employer, Mr Frank Schneider, have filed complaints for civil proceedings with an examining magistrate in Luxembourg. These complaints are directed against “unknown”.”
It is public knowledge that Juncker was to appear as a witness in a lawsuit against Marco Mille and two former Srel agents, Frank Schneider and André Kemmer.
The three are accused of violating laws on the protection of privacy and personal data, for embezzlement and for withholding a CD containing evidence.
The trial was to be held in late November but was postponed because Juncker was not available.