INTERESTING BITS: Rolling Stones: Police Raid Officials in Hamburg Over Free Tickets

INTERESTING BITS: Rolling Stones: Police Raid Officials in Hamburg Over Free Tickets

Police in Hamburg have raided a local authority and an events company over allegations free Rolling Stones tickets worth €10,000 ($11,800; £9,000) were given to local officials. A hundred officials were given tickets after the district office approved the September concert, local reports said.

Staff at the Hamburg North district office told Der Spiegel it was “standard practice”.

German officials are banned from accepting gifts.

The large number of officials at the concert had led to widespread criticism, Der Spiegel said.

More than 80,000 people attended the concert in September, with some reportedly paying €800 for a ticket on the black market.

Investigators examined computers at the district office and also raided the office of events firm FKP Scorpio following an anonymous tip-off, Die Welt said.

Hamburg North district office head Harald Rösler said the tickets were given to local politicians and office employees plus their partners, Pollstar reported.

He said staff had worked unpaid overtime, to organize the concert, which he said was the biggest ever to have taken place in the city.

FKP Scorpio said it was “unrealistic” to assume that free concert tickets could influence the authorization process.

A company spokesperson praised the “good and very complex cooperation” with the district office and added that FKP Scorpio didn’t mind if the recipients of the tickets had understood them to be a thank-you gesture, Der Spiegel reported.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42010394

[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]

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