In its legal dispute with the AfD, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution suffered a serious setback. The authority now has nothing but to wait for the end of the procedure.
Berlin / Cologne (dpa) – The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution may not classify and observe the AfD as a suspected right-wing extremist case until urgent proceedings in the Cologne Administrative Court are completed. This is based on a court ruling that was served on those involved in the trial on Friday.
Federal bureau president Thomas Haldenwang had this week internally informed state constitutional protectors that the party had been upgraded to a suspicious case, but did not publicly disclose anything about it. When media reports were later published about the re-assessment of the AfD by the federal agency, the Cologne authority did not comment.
The administrative court announced on the decision that it had granted an application from the AfD. As a justification, the court stated that “in an unacceptable way” was intervention in the equal opportunities of political parties. “Everything” indicates that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has not fulfilled its so-called “standstill obligations” or has not “taken sufficient care” that no information about the procedure is leaked.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution had previously pledged not to publicly comment on a classification until the end of the urgent procedure before the Administrative Court and to refrain from using intelligence services to identify MPs and candidates of the AfD until a decision was made. . However, this commitment did not apply to full members.
“A domestic secret service that cannot keep anything secret,” scoffed AfD chairman Jörg Meuthen. Co-President Tino Chrupalla spoke of a “targeted intervention in party competition with public money” just before the state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, which are scheduled for mid-March.
The parties involved can appeal against the decision to the higher administrative court in Münster.
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