The Administrative Court of Cologne decides whether the Office for the Protection of the Constitution may target the AfD as a suspected right-wing extremist. AfD boss Chrupalla is confident.
Berlin – AfD boss Tino Chrupalla expects the court case over a possible observation of his party by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to be successful.
If the court were critical, Chrupalla told the German Press Agency that they would take this as an opportunity to deal with these aspects and, if necessary, to turn them off. “But I assume that the court will agree with us.”
Administrative court hears Tuesday
The administrative court in Cologne is hearing this Tuesday and Wednesday, among other things, on whether the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution may classify and observe the party “as a suspected case or as a secured right-wing extremist effort”. The AfD had turned to the court to prevent such a classification.
Four lawsuits by the AfD and its youth organization Junge Alternative (JA) are being negotiated. If the domestic secret service were right, it could use undercover agents and other methods of secretly gathering information. Several state organizations of the party are already being observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
AfD wants to appeal
“Should the court not follow our reasoning, we will of course examine the filing of appeals as carefully as the reasons of the court,” Chrupalla said. “If, in the opinion of the court, there are actually “critical” aspects that we also evaluate after a careful internal examination, then we will take care of them.” dpa
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