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Petry stripped of immunity

Germany
17.08.2017
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Committee recommends stripping German right-wing populist of immunity
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.
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Dresden (dpa) - 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.
Prosecutors are looking into contradictory information given by Petry and AfD treasurer Carsten Huetter in a committee review of 2014 state elections.

A local parliamentary committee voted to recommend that her legislative immunity be removed, less than six weeks before national elections.

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.

"I am very confident and absolutely sure that Frau Petry did not commit perjury," Wurlitzer said.

"Now the state prosecution service has to make clear why it was necessary to do this before federal elections. Although I think that every voter can see what‘s going on here," he added.

The AfD, which is currently polling at around 8 per cent ahead of the September 24 vote, and looks set to enter federal parliament for the first time. It has been running a campaign centred on nationalism, anti-migration policies and the purported Islamization of Germany.

 

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