German ex-president rejects deal to end favors case; lawyers say he'll fight to be cleared

Germany's former President Christian Wulff has rejected a deal to shelve legal proceedings against him in a scandal over alleged favors that prompted his resignation. His lawyers say he'll instead fight to be cleared in court.

Hannover prosecutors offered to close the case against Wulff in exchange for a fine — a common German practice.

But Wulff's lawyers say he can't accept conditions. Attorney Michael Nagel said Tuesday: "We as defense lawyers trust that at the end of these proceedings there will be a decision that will fully rehabilitate and clear President Wulff."

Wulff resigned in February 2012 after prosecutors asked Parliament to lift his immunity so they could start a formal investigation of whether he improperly accepted benefits from a film producer friend. They haven't yet filed formal charges.