DEUTSCHE BANK’S former head of investors, Wolfram Schmitt, claimed yesterday that workers around him were aware “from the beginning” of a spying scandal over which he was fired.<br /><br />The mid-level executive’s lawyer claims the legal department of the bank and a high level communications executive were aware of a plan concocted to discover more about a dissident investor. Deutsche’s chairman Clemens Börsig had requested the information about the shareholder, Schmitt’s lawyer alleged.<br /><br />The meeting in which the plan was broached was not one-to-one, Schmitt’s lawyer said, adding that “there are questions” about how involved the bank’s legal department was. <br /><br />Schmitt claims he was unfairly dismissed by Deutsche Bank. The case continues. Deutsche Bank was not available for comment.