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Committee recommends stripping German right-wing populist of immunity

Europe
17.08.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Dresden (dpa) - A leading member of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party should be stripped of her immunity in order to allow a criminal investigation for suspected perjury, a state parliament committee said Thursday.

Frauke Petry has been under investigation for more than a year in the eastern state of Saxony, where she is an elected member of the state parliament.

A local parliamentary committee voted to recommend that her legislative immunity be removed.

Prosecutors are looking into contradictory information given by Petry and AfD treasurer Carsten Huetter in a committee review of 2014 state elections.

The allegations concern a registered party candidate, Arvid Samtleben, who was later removed from the list. He alleged that this was because he had not paid a loan to the party.

Petry, who insists that she did nothing wrong, supported the committee‘s decision to clear the way for a criminal investigation.

AfD General Secretary Uwe Wurlitzer also welcomed the outcome, saying that Petry could now clear her name.

 

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