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Process. The ongoing dispute between the “author” of Kole’s widow continues

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The long-running dispute between the “author” of Kole’s widow continues

Mike Kohl-Richter leaves the Supreme District Court. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa / archive image

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The ongoing legal dispute between former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s widow and her ghost writer Herbert Schwann is not over. The Cologne Supreme Court (OLG) ruled on Thursday that the evidence taken in the first instance should be repeated. It is a question of clarifying whether there was a secret agreement between Schwann and Cole at the time, the OLG representative said.

The ongoing legal dispute between former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s widow and her ghost writer Herbert Schwann is not over. The Cologne Supreme Court (OLG) ruled on Thursday that the evidence taken in the first instance should be repeated. It is a question of clarifying whether there was a secret agreement between Schwann and Cole at the time, the OLG representative said.

In the process, widow Mike Cole-Richter wants to ensure that a number of quotes from Schwann’s book, published in 2014, “Heritage. The Cole Protocols can no longer be disseminated! In doing so, he opposes the Cologne District Court’s 2019 ruling, which was agreed with him only in certain areas. Schwan had also appealed.

“Now the Supreme District Court wants to hear the witnesses again. It can be assumed that the sons of the former chancellor, who died in 2017, will also be summoned,” the spokesman said. According to him, the court session is scheduled for October at the latest. The Supreme Court wants to separate another part of the procedure by which Kohl-Richter takes measures against press releases.

Kohl-Richter and Schwann have been at loggerheads over the book for years. In an earlier decision of the second instance, the OLG had already approved the ban on 116 passages from the book.

Last December, the widow lost in Karlsruhe Federal Court of Justice (BGH). Shortly before her death, her husband received one million euros in compensation from the author for violating her personal rights. However, the BGH upheld the judgment of the Cologne District Court, which ruled that such monetary compensation could not be inherited, and therefore Kol-Richter was not entitled to it.

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