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The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday.
The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding "massive irregularities" in Bremen as early as February 2017.
Broadcaster - NDR - Süddeutsche - Zeitung - Emails
Broadcaster NDR and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time but were reluctant to look into the matter.
They quoted an email from the responsible department head in which he called for an examination to be carried out "without fuss" and without too much detail.
Friday - Cordt - Account - Investigations - Bremen
On Friday, Cordt gave an account of internal investigations into the Bremen affair to the domestic affairs committee in the German parliament, but did not mention the correspondence of February 2017, the reports said.
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BAMF - Media - Claims
BAMF has rejected the media claims.
"The head of the federal office did not receive the mail stating that everything should not 'be examined in detail' and where the words 'without fuss' occur," a spokesman said on Sunday evening in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, where BAMF headquarters are situated.
Cordt - Mail - Department - Head - Asylum
He said Cordt had received only an "original mail" to a department head about examining and possibly revoking asylum decisions made in Bremen.
The information had been acted upon without delay and decisions had been revoked whenever necessary, he said.
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