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AfD MP Halemba is charged with incitement, cash laundering and coercion

Young AfD member Daniel Halemba in the Bavarian state parliament

Daniel Halemba within the Bavarian State Parliament (archive picture)

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The Bavarian member of parliament, Daniel Halemba, will quickly have to seem in court docket: The public prosecutor's workplace in Würzburg has charged the younger AfD politician with a number of counts, together with incitement to hatred and coercion.

The Würzburg public prosecutor's workplace has filed fees in opposition to Bavarian AfD state parliament member Daniel Halemba. In the 14-page doc, he’s accused of incitement, cash laundering, coercion and tried coercion, in addition to utilizing symbols of unconstitutional and terrorist organizations and property harm.

The Bavarian state parliament had already lifted Halemba's parliamentary immunity on the finish of April. At the identical time, the AfD's federal govt board had utilized for the 22-year-old to be expelled from the social gathering as a result of potential violations of the social gathering's statutes.

First arrest, then lifting of the arrest warrant

The public prosecutor's workplace has been investigating Halemba for months. In September 2023, there was a search of the home of the Würzburg fraternity Teutonia Prag, of which Halemba was a member. Suspicion arose of utilizing symbols of anti-constitutional organizations and of incitement to hatred. In October, Halemba was arrested on the idea of an arrest warrant, which was later suspended.

In April of this 12 months, the general public prosecutor's workplace additionally started investigations into suspicions of cash laundering, harm to property and joint coercion. In response to the general public prosecutor's new allegations, Halemba mentioned: “I am firmly convinced that I have not committed a criminal offense.”

Daniel Halemba denies allegations

Halemba himself has at all times denied the allegations. His lawyer introduced on Friday that the general public prosecutor's workplace had already needed to drop giant elements of the unique investigation. His consumer must also be acquitted of the costs now being introduced.

Halemba had already introduced in December final 12 months that he would resign from all social gathering places of work and droop his membership within the social gathering till the allegations had been clarified. In April, he wrote to the parliamentary group within the state parliament that he additionally needed to droop his features within the group till the proceedings had been concluded, that he would not seem within the plenary session or in committees and that he would additionally chorus from all different public actions as a member of the group.