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Prosecutors raid headquarters of German far-right political party

Joerg Urban, leader of the Far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Saxony, is seen on displays as he gestures while addressing delegates during an AfD party congress in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)
Joerg Urban, leader of the Far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Saxony, is seen on displays as he gestures while addressing delegates during an AfD party congress in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

The far-right Alternative for Germany party says its national headquarters in Berlin were searched by officials with the city’s prosecutor’s office.

“Since this morning, the Berlin public prosecutor’s office has been conducting a house search in the premises of the federal headquarters of Alternative for Germany, without any prior inquiry having been directed to the AfD regarding the facts to be clarified,” the party says in a statement.

The search is primarily concerned with a investigation against former party chairman Joerg Meuthen in connection with earlier statements of accounts, the party says.

Investigators “copied complete hard disks, mailboxes and file folders” the AfD says in its statement.

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