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German far-right leader loses immunity in tax evasion case

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Tax investigators leave a house, where Alternative for Germany party (AfD) faction co-chairman in the German parliament Bundestag and former chairman Alexander Gauland (not in the picture) presumably lives, in Potsdam, Germany, 30 January 2020. The German parliament Bundestag today announced, that the parliamentarian immunity of Gauland was lifted. Media reports state, that Gauland is investigated for possible tax evasion.

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Alexander Gauland, Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) honorary chairman, lost his parliamentary immunity amid accusations of tax evasion.
The public prosecutor’s office confirmed that federal officials carried out raids on Gauland’s addresses. A spokesperson for the AfD told the media that the procedure was “merely an administrative formality” related to a mistake in Gauland’s tax return.
Last year, Gauland was accused of counts concerning his joint tax assessment with his ex-wife, as well as of incorrect accounting related to parliamentary allowances, of about €6,000 in total.
Gauland is among the highest-profile figures within the party’s ranks. He is also one of its founding members.

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