A prime minister who loses patience with an AfD MP and gets carried away in an insulting gesture. Bodo Ramelow’s middle finger could affect him.
Erfurt (dpa) – The Erfurt public prosecutor’s office has requested the waiver of the immunity of Thuringia’s prime minister Bodo Ramelow (left). It is the charge of insult, as a spokesman for the authority said on Wednesday.
The Thuringian general had reported about it before. The background is an incident in the state parliament in mid-July when Ramelow showed the AfD member Stefan Möller of the government bank the middle finger. He also called him a “disgusting bastard” and later repeated this for the camera. Möller then filed a complaint.
According to the state parliament, the application for the waiver of Ramelow’s immunity has already been received. The head of government enjoys immunity because he is also a member of parliament. In Thuringia, the judicial committee must find a solution for the waiver of the immunity of a Member of Parliament. The chair of the panel is Möller himself, only when the committee has lifted Ramelow’s immunity can the investigation of the case begin. According to the public prosecutor, the application was preceded by an initial investigation to determine whether the allegations gave rise to an initial suspicion.
The CDU faction spoke out for the waiver of Ramelow’s immunity. “Provocations from the left and right are hurting our country,” said Chairman Mario Voigt. He demanded that the incident be dealt with legally at the July plenary session “without regard to the person”. “Of course the prime minister’s immunity should be waived if this is needed for clarification.”