Germany's senior Protestant church leader has strongly condemned the broadcast of the video of President Clinton giving evidence to a grand jury about the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Speaking Monday just hours before the broadcast started, Manfred Kock, chair of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Germany's main Protestant body, appealed to German television not to broadcast the video. He said the only possible reason for broadcasting the video would be to please to sensation-seekers and voyeurs."There can be no plausible public interest - especially in Germany - in putting the video, or even parts of it, in the public domain," Kock said, stressing that his remarks were not intended to indicate whether "someone who has deceived his country in such a way is fit for the office of president."