Otto Schily

  Male      German      Public Servant

  Born : Jul 20, 1932  

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Otto Georg Schily (born 20 July 1932) was Federal Minister of the Interior of Germany from 1998 to 2005, in the cabinet of former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

Born in Bochum as the son of a mining plant director, he grew up in a family of anthroposophists. His younger brother is Konrad Schily, an academic and also a politician. In 1962, he passed his second state exam after having studied law and politics in Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin, thus being admitted to the bar; a year later, he opened his own law practice.

In the 1970s, he became a public figure as a trial lawyer, defending several guerilla activists of the left-wing Red Army Faction. In 1971, he represented his then-friend Horst Mahler (who much later would become an advocate of the fascist NPD); during the Stammheim trial (1975–1977), he was the only remaining attorney of Gudrun Ensslin. While he gained popularity and respect for acting according to his own moral principles, some accused him of supporting the radicals' goals...

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