Police search Brussels office of German lawmaker

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Germany’s Maximilian Krah, of the far-right ‘Alternative for Germany’ party, grimaces during a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on April 23. (AP)

BERLIN, May 7, (AP): Authorities were searching the European Parliament office of a prominent German far-right lawmaker in Brussels on Tuesday, Germany’s top prosecutor’s office said.
Maximilian Krah, the Alternative for Germany party’s top candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections, has been under scrutiny after an assistant of his was arrested last month on suspicion of spying for China.
Jian Guo – a German national who had worked for Krah since his election to the European Union legislature in 2019 – has been accused of of working for a Chinese intelligence service and of repeatedly passing on information on negotiations and decisions in the European Parliament in January. Prosecutors allege that he was also spying on Chinese dissidents in Germany.
The arrest cast an unflattering light on the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, which already faced criticism for having Russia-friendly positions. The European Parliament elections will take place June 9 in Germany.
The federal public prosecutor’s office said in Tuesday’s statement that “the European Parliament has consented to enter the premises.”
More than 20 people could be seen in the hallway near Krah’s office on the fifth floor of the European Parliament, but reporters trying to cover the search where not allowed to get close to the office.
An apartment of Guo in Brussels had already been searched last month, the prosecutors’ statement said.
Prosecutors said that on Tuesday both the offices of Krah and Guo in Brussels were searched on the basis of orders issued by the investigating German judge and a European investigation order.

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