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Raid on Maximilian Krah: Authorities search workplaces

Maximilian Krah in the election campaign

Maximilian Krah really enjoys immunity as a MEP. According to media stories, the EU Parliament had permitted the raid upfront.

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Following allegations of espionage in opposition to an worker of AfD politician Maximilian Krah, the Federal Prosecutor General searched the Brussels workplaces of the highest candidate for the European elections.

The grey corridors of Parliament had been hectic on Tuesday morning. Security workers tried to maintain journalists within the hallway with blue obstacles. The Federal Prosecutor General had ordered the Brussels workplaces of the AfD's prime candidate for the European elections, Maximilian Krah, to be searched. The purpose was apparently the alleged spying for China by one among his ex-employees. The prosecution introduced this on Tuesday. Zeit Online and the Tagesschau reported first.

Maximilian Krah is taken into account a witness within the espionage case

Krah really enjoys immunity as an EU consultant. However, the investigators had beforehand obtained parliamentary approval. According to the Federal Prosecutor General, the AfD politician himself isn’t thought-about a defendant, however somewhat a witness within the espionage investigation in opposition to his former worker Jian G., who’s now in custody. The investigators apparently solely wished to search out extra proof with the raid. What precisely stays unclear. Krah's private paperwork are protected by his MP standing. Authorities additionally searched G's former rooms, that are proper subsequent door to Krah's.

Krah himself was not shocked on Tuesday. The AfD's prime candidate instructed the information portal T-Online: “It was absolutely to be expected that Mr. G's office would be searched. (…) I'm just amazed that the authorities took so long.”

Krah worker is claimed to have spied for China

The investigators accuse Chinese-born Jian G. of spying for Beijing. He handed on data from the European Parliament and spied on Chinese opposition members in Germany.

G. got here to Germany in 2002 and studied, amongst different issues, on the Technical University in Dresden. Krah denied realizing something concerning the alleged misconduct of his worker, who had labored for him since 2019 – however the incident has since overshadowed the 47-year-old's European election marketing campaign. Krah initially stayed away from the beginning of the election marketing campaign in Hesse final week – most likely on the request of the occasion management.

Editor's notice: This article has been up to date a number of occasions.

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