At first it was a dispute between party friends, which then escalated with a criminal complaint. The former AfD member of parliament Markus Bayerbach is now in court as a defendant. He is said to have blacked out his former employee wrongly.
Augsburg (dpa / lby) - The Bavarian member of the state parliament Markus Bayerbach has to answer to the Augsburg district court on Friday (9:00 a.m.) for false suspicion of an ex-employee. The proceedings are about representations that degrade refugees or downplay Nazi terror.
The background is the dispute between the former AfD politician Bayerbach, who has since left the parliamentary group and party, and his former speaker Andreas Jurca. Bayerbach had reported the speaker, who was also politically active at the AfD, for illegal data deletion on the company laptop. According to the public prosecutor, in the course of the investigation, files appeared in a folder called "AfD jokes" that violated the human dignity of foreigners, played down Nazi rule or showed signs of unconstitutional organizations.
According to the indictment, Bayerbach is said to have untruthfully told the police officers that his officer was responsible for these files. The investigations against Jurca did not confirm the accusation, however, and the proceedings were discontinued.
The public prosecutor's office had therefore requested a penalty order of 20,000 euros against Bayerbach. The deputy has lodged an objection, so that the process is now taking place. No additional statement could be obtained from Bayerbach prior to the proceedings.
Jurca said he was called as a witness in the case. The preliminary proceedings against him at the time harmed his family and also him as Augsburg's mayoral candidate. In the 2020 election, Jurca got 4.8 percent as an AfD candidate. "The ad, the house search and everything that was said in the German press in this context gave me one of the hardest times of my life, even though I was demonstrably innocent," said Jurca.