Status: 28.10.2023, 12:07 p.m.
By: Marcus Mäckler, Christian Deutschländer, Mike Schier
First scandal for the AfD before the first session in the Bavarian state parliament. © Fabian Sommer/dpa
The public prosecutor's office in Würzburg has issued an arrest warrant against the new MP Daniel Halemba. The 22-year-old was previously investigated for incitement to hatred.
Munich – For Daniel Halemba, it would have been a big day in his young career. In the first session of the newly elected state parliament, he, 22 years old, would have been the youngest member of parliament to sit next to senior president Paul Knoblach (69, Greens). This is an honour without any real commitment, which will only last until the new Bureau is elected. But it looks like things are turning out quite differently anyway. He could sit, but somewhere else.
Arrest warrant against newly elected AfD MP Daniel Halemba
An arrest warrant was issued against the AfD MP from Lower Franconia on Friday. This was confirmed by a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Würzburg on request to Merkur.de of IPPEN. MEDIA. He did not want to give any further details about the background. The arrest warrant has not yet been executed, it said. We want to wait and see. Halemba himself could not be reached on Friday evening.
Immediately after the state election on October 8, it became known that the public prosecutor's office was investigating the young deputy. The accusation: incitement to hatred and the wearing of anti-constitutional symbols. Previously, there had been a house search at the Würzburg fraternity Teutonia Prague, of which Halemba is a member. However, it is still unclear what role he plays in the case. Halemba belongs to the strengthened group of hard-right AfD members in the future parliamentary group.
Halemba has already been investigated for incitement to hatred
The fraternity itself is considered right-wing extremist – it looks back on a long history. It was founded in 1876 by German students from the Charles Ferdinand University and the German Technical University in Prague. For more than ten years, the headquarters of the Men's League (motto: "Honour, Freedom, Fatherland") has been located in a rather upscale area in Würzburg's Frauenland.
As early as 2020, the "Main Post" reported on the anger of the neighbors about right-wing extremist activities on the estate. At that time, 120 residents even gathered for a protest action. They had heard inciting right-wing rock, but also shouts of "Sieg Heil" from the estate. A few days ago, the regional broadcaster "TV Mainfranken" reported that the neighbors were still alarmed today, but were afraid to speak in front of the camera. Out of fear. On the doorbell sign of the property, behind walls and trees, is the name Halemba.
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For the Bavarian AfD, the process is a hard blow. After countless scandals in and around the old parliamentary group, they actually wanted to give a better picture. The anger is correspondingly great, but is mainly directed outwards. "State repression against the democratic opposition in Bavaria has reached a new level," said AfD parliamentary group leader Katrin Ebner-Steiner. A member of parliament should be imprisoned "on the basis of a flimsy justification".
Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) did not comment on request and referred to the public prosecutor's office. Ebner-Steiner, however, suggests that the immunity of the members of parliament is being disregarded. In this case, however, it is recognizably different, even for laymen. Immunity will only take effect at the beginning of the first session of the state parliament, i.e. from Monday. The public prosecutor's office pre-empted this.
Of course, Paul Knoblach would have liked the opening to be different. Already in the first session, the right-wing extremist AfD showed its true face. "I have to tolerate the secretaries Halemba and Schmid from the AfD, who have been placed at my side," Knoblach said on Friday evening. "I'm going to do that without any welcome." And regardless of whether Halemba will sit there or someone else (the next youngest member of parliament would be the CSU's Kristan von Waldenfels), Knoblach wants to make it clear in his speech "how endangered our democracy is by the machinations of such a party."