Former Deutsche Telekom Security Head to Testify at Corporate Spying Trial

A former security manager at Deutsche Telekom AG will testify in detail at a trial scheduled to begin today in a Bonn court to defend himself against corporate-spying charges.

Klaus Trzeschan will be on trial with two other former Deutsche Telekom employees as well as the man who led a Berlin security company at the time of the alleged crimes. They face charges of violating data-protection and telecommunications laws. Trzeschan will comment in detail in court, his lawyer Hans-Joerg Odenthal, said in an interview earlier this week.

“The jail time he may face has probably made him change his mind,” Gerhart Baum, a lawyer representing more than 50 victims in the case, said in an interview. “I’ll expect that Trzeschan will now break his silence and put the details on the table.”

The case centers on allegations that managers at Europe’s largest phone company attained phone records for journalists and supervisory board members to search for the sources of news leaks. Prosecutors searched offices of Deutsche Telekom and its T-Mobile unit in May 2008.

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