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Prosecution Witness in Auerbach Case Sentenced for Perjury

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Karl Diekow, a Munich architect, whose testimony was instrumental in the conviction and sentencing of the late Philip Auerbach for embezzling funds of the Bavarian State Restitutions Office, was sentenced yesterday to one year’s imprisonment for perjury in another case.

The sentence imposed upon Auerbach, who committed suicide after being convicted, was partly due to a charge made by Diekow that Auerbach had attempted to extort money from him. To this Auerbach had replied with a counter-charge of perjury against Diekow. Dr. J. Klibanksy, Auerbach’s lawyer, had drawn the attention of the persecutors in the Auerbach trial that a perjury case was pending against one of the principal prosecution witnesses. However, the prosecutors preferred not to advise the judges about it.

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