OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF OLAF AND INFORMATION TO THE PRESS

Press Release OLAF/06/2000 - 20 June 2000

Statement by OLAF on the content of the German television programme "Report", transmitted on 19 June at 21.00 hours.

Following the transmission of the programme "Report" by the German television channel ARD1 yesterday, 19 June 2000, at 21.00 hours, the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) wishes to make it clear that information obtained in the course of external investigations falling within the competence of the national judicial authorities is protected by the provisions relating to judicial secrecy.

It follows that any comment by OLAF about investigations covered by judicial secrecy of the judicial authorities of the Member States would be a breach of the law by the European Anti-fraud Office.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax: +32 (0)2 299.8101

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