October 6, 2017
One may note that this is the exact same thing they are doing to Jason Kessler – finding some random statement made under oath that maybe can be interpretted multiple ways and putting him in the system because of it.
Prosecutors in Dresden on Wednesday filed perjury charges against Frauke Petry, the former leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany.
Petry is accused of giving false statements under oath to a committee of the regional parliament in Saxony in 2015 regarding the AfD’s candidates and campaign finance in Saxony’s 2014 election.
Prosecutors say she told the committee that after a successful election, candidates could decide for themselves whether loans they had been given to help finance the party’s campaign should be paid back, or whether this money would be converted into a donation.
But prosecutors said in a statement that this testimony contradicted the actual terms of the loan agreements, which stated that successful candidates would forego a refund of their loans.
The Saxony parliament lifted Petry’s immunity from prosecution in August. She was the AfD’s lead candidate in the 2014 election.
Perjury in Germany carries a minimum sentence of a year in jail, though in “less serious cases” the penalty can be six months in jail.
I think this is probably going to be a new technique for kiking right-wing figures, and it’s something we should all be aware of. If you’re asked to be under oath, you need to have a lawyer present. Always. Always. Always.
In fact, if you talk to any authorities in any situation, you need to have a lawyer present. Always. Always. Always.