According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Würzburg District Court yesterday suspended the arrest warrant for AfD politician Daniel Halemba under certain conditions. This was preceded by investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution against the 22-year-old young man on charges of incitement to hatred and using symbols of anti-constitutional organizations.
Halemba must now report to police at his home in Würzburg once a week, Chief Prosecutor Torsten Seebach said. He is also forbidden from contacting members of the Teutonia Prag zu Würzburg fraternity.
The state parliament abolished immunity
Previously, in a historically unusual move in Germany, the Bavarian state parliament revoked Halemba’s immunity at its founding session. At the end of the meeting yesterday, all parliamentary groups except the AfD voted in favor of the resolution – without state parliament president Ilse Aigner (CSU) mentioning his name at the plenary meeting. The AfD parliamentary group abstained from voting.
An arrest warrant was issued for Halemba on Thursday, and police officers arrested him yesterday morning near Stuttgart. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigators’ initial suspicions were confirmed after evaluating the evidence and there was a risk of obfuscation. If there is a risk of a power outage, there is a fear that the accused will influence witnesses or destroy evidence.
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