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Investigators discover paperwork about gold bars in Bystron's dwelling

The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating Petr Bystron on suspicion of bribery of elected officials and money laundering The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating Petr Bystron due to initial suspicions of bribery of elected officials and money laundering

The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating Petr Bystron as a result of preliminary suspicions of bribery of elected officers and cash laundering

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The public prosecutor's workplace is investigating Petr Bystron on preliminary suspicion of bribery of elected officers and cash laundering. At his dwelling, law enforcement officials seized serial numbers from gold bars and financial institution statements from overseas accounts. The AfD politician says he can clarify every little thing.

BAccording to WELT info, throughout a search of the house of AfD Bundestag member Petr Bystron in Berlin-Wannsee, investigators discovered serial numbers of a number of gold bars, together with ones weighing 500 grams and one kilo, in addition to financial institution statements from Liechtenstein and Czech accounts.

However, Bystron denies any connection between the findings and the allegations towards him. He states that almost all of the finds belonged to his mom. “I keep the documents on the physical gold and my mother’s accounts because I have been appointed by the court as her guardian,” he stated in an interview with WELT. And additional: “My mother owned a dental clinic in Switzerland for many years, acquired everything legally and I keep the evidence. This also includes the old extracts from the Liechtenstein account, although this has been closed for a long time.”

Bystron continued that the Czech account was his. “The account transactions in my Czech account are also all completely transparent, as they concern rental income and expenses from properties in the Czech Republic that have belonged to me and my wife for over 20 years. All income is taxed properly every year,” the paperwork can be found to each the Czech and German tax authorities.

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The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating Bystron on suspicion of bribery of elected officers and cash laundering. The Bundestag lifted the MP's immunity final week. Last Thursday, law enforcement officials from the Bavarian State Office of Criminal Investigation searched properties in Berlin and Bavaria in addition to on Mallorca and seized proof.

Bystron additionally offered WELT with two excerpts from a doc which can be stated to be components of the search warrant. There is a suspicion that Bystron obtained “amounts of cash or transferred cryptocurrencies from the operator of the pro-Russian website” “from a point in time that cannot be precisely determined, starting in 2020, through a previously unknown means, possibly including a handover in Prague.” “Voice of Europe” and have been paid to the accused (in every case) in return for his willingness to advocate for the pursuits of the Russian authorities in speeches and votes as a part of his parliamentary work as a member of the German Bundestag,” it says.

The doc additional states that Bystron is suspected of getting obtained “an amount of at least EUR 34,850 in cash” in March 2023 or shortly earlier than. Bystron can also be accused of getting campaigned towards arms deliveries to Ukraine shortly earlier than a “cash transaction at Targobank in accordance with his unfair agreement” and of getting “criticized the United States of America and NATO”.

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The suspicion relies on the earlier investigations, particularly with the “evaluation of press reporting”, the “clearing findings” of the “Joint Financial Investigation Group in the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office” and the “analysis of the voting results in the German Bundestag since the beginning of 2022”. The presumption of innocence applies till a attainable conviction.

Bystron stated to WELT: “The fact that I should have been given 34,850 euros so that I can stand up for the interests of the Russian government in the Bundestag is complete nonsense and is based on false media reports that are part of a defamation campaign in the run-up to the EU elections “All forces that oppose the continuation of the war in Ukraine and further arms deliveries should be damaged.”

And he instructed the weblog “Alexander Wallasch”: “This accusation is complete nonsense. You would now have to book almost half of the Bundestag.”

We are the WELT investigative staff: Do you’ve got any info for us? Then be at liberty to get in contact, even confidentially – by e-mail or by way of the encrypted messenger Threema (BNJMCK4S).