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Former German president will stand trial

BERLIN — Christian Wulff, a former German president and onetime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel who quit over allegations of accepting favors from wealthy friends while serving as a governor, will become the first former head of state in the country’s postwar history to stand trial.

The Hanover state court said Tuesday that it had opened proceedings against Wulff on charges of
illegally accepting favors while serving as governor of Lower Saxony and set Nov. 1 as the opening trial date. If found guilty, the former president could be fined or face up to three years in prison.

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