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On Thursday the Bundestag lifted the CSU MP's immunity. There is a suspicion of bribery when buying corona masks.
The CSU politician Georg Nüßlein is suspending his position as deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group due to the corruption investigations against him. This was announced by the Swabian MP's lawyer. The 51-year-old is being investigated, among other things, because of the initial suspicion of bribery and bribery of elected officials in connection with the purchase of corona respiratory masks. Nüßlein’s lawyer said that his client did not consider the allegations to be justified. However, it is currently not foreseeable when Nüßlein will comment on details "in the context of this apparently complex investigation".
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The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office had 13 objects searched in Germany and Liechtenstein on Thursday and seized evidence. It is still unclear how long the evaluation of the seized documents will take, said the Chief Public Prosecutor Klaus Ruhland. In addition to Nüßlein, there is a second accused in the proceedings, whose identity is unclear.LKA and tax investigation department
CSU general secretary Markus Blume spoke of "serious" allegations. This would have to be "completely cleared up", said Blume of the "Augsburger Allgemeine". The SPD coalition partner is also hoping that the case will be cleared up quickly. Dirk Wiese, member of the Bundestag committee for election review, immunity and rules of procedure, told Deutsche Welle that "a high degree of integrity is rightly required" of MPs. If this is "questioned in such a way" then it annoys him for all who stand up every day.
On Thursday morning, the Bundestag first lifted the immunity of the MP from Münsterhausen in the Günzburg district. Immediately afterwards, the searches began, including in Nüßlein's Bundestag office and his constituency office in Günzburg. According to information from security circles, more than 30 officials from the State Criminal Police Office and the tax investigation department were involved in the searches in Bavaria alone.
The CSU politician has been a member of the Bundestag since 2002, and has been deputy chairman of the Union parliamentary group since 2014. Nüßlein focuses on the environment, nature conservation, health, economy and energy.
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