Germany arrests aide to far-right MEP on suspicion of China espionage | EUROtoday

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German police have arrested an assistant to a European Parliament member for the far-right Alternative for Germany on suspicion of “an especially severe case” of espionage for China, the federal prosecutor’s workplace stated on Tuesday.

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Jian G., a staffer for the AfD’s prime candidate within the European Parliament elections in June, Maximilian Krah, stands accused of giving the Chinese intelligence service details about negotiations and selections within the European parliament, the prosecutors stated in an announcement.

G., who lived in Brussels in addition to the japanese German metropolis of Dresden, additionally spied on Chinese opposition figures in Germany, the prosecutors stated. Authorities arrested him in Dresden on Monday and raided his flats.

“He is accused of an especially severe case of working for a foreign secret service,” the assertion stated.

An AfD spokesman stated the information was “very disturbing”.

“But as we have no further information on the case at the moment, we must wait for the prosecutors’ further investigation.”

Krah and the Chinese embassy didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The suspect was arrested the identical day three German nationals had been arrested on suspicion of working with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) handy over expertise that may very well be used for army functions.

The arrests happened every week after Chancellor Olaf Scholz travelled to China to press Beijing on its help for Russia’s wartime financial system and to boost problems with mental property theft and truthful market entry.