WEST GERMANY: Case of the Sky-Blue Mercedes

On the front page of half a dozen West German newspapers last week, the glum visage of Sherman Adams was matched by a portrait—no less glum—of a German bureaucrat named Hans Kilb. It was no accident. For six years husky Lawyer Kilb, 48, had served as appointments secretary and personal aide to West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Last week West Germany's chief prosecutor slapped Kilb in jail "for investigative purposes." The charge: suspicion of corruption.

Kilb's troubles began last spring with a police investigation of reports that he had been accepting regular gift packages of coffee and other goodies from...

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