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Trials: AfD against the Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Court announces verdict

Trials: AfD against the Office for the Protection of the Constitution: Court announces verdict

The AfD and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution have argued in court for weeks. A judgment is now to be announced in an appeal process before the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Administrative Court.

In the dispute between the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the AfD, the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Administrative Court (OVG) announced a judgment today. At the end of the appeal hearing, the question is whether the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), based in Cologne, rightly classified the party and its youth organization Junge Alternative (JA) as suspected right-wing extremist cases. In the lower instance, the judges at the Cologne Administrative Court confirmed the 2022 assessment.

If the 5th OVG Senate also sees it that way, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is likely to continue to monitor the party using intelligence means. The assessment standard is the Federal Constitutional Protection Act. The next step after the suspected case is the determination that the object is a confirmed extremist effort. In the case of the JA, the Federal Office has already declared this and the Cologne Administrative Court confirmed this in February 2024. However, this question was not yet addressed before the OVG.

The party’s lawyers in Münster have announced that they will move to the next instance. In a possible appeal, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig would examine the OVG’s decision for legal errors. However, since the court in Münster is the final authority on facts, the AfD could no longer submit any new applications for evidence before the Federal Administrative Court.

The “Not a Meter to the Nazis” alliance has announced a vigil near the OVG.

Source: Stern

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