Far-Right Aide Arrested for Spying in Germany

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Far-Right Aide Arrested for Spying

German police made an arrest on Monday, detaining an aide to a far-right MEP on suspicion of spying for China. The individual, identified as Jian G., is publicly known as an accredited assistant to Maximilian Krah, an MEP and prominent figure in the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD).

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office disclosed that Jian G. is accused of working as “an employee of the Chinese secret service” and of allegedly “repeatedly sharing information about negotiations and decisions in the European Parliament with his intelligence client.” Additionally, Jian G. faces accusations of spying on Chinese opposition figures within Germany.

Background and Details

Background and Details

Jian G., a 43-year-old Chinese national with German citizenship, initially crossed paths with Krah while working as a businessman in Germany. He joined Krah’s team in Brussels as an assistant after Krah was elected to the European Parliament in 2019.

A spokesperson for the AfD expressed deep concern over the reports of the arrest, labeling the situation as “very disturbing.” Euronews reached out to Krah’s press office for a statement, but no immediate response was received.

This incident marks the fourth recent case involving German nationals accused of espionage for China. In separate arrests on Monday in Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia, a man and a couple were detained for allegedly gathering information on military technology on behalf of China. Last week, two individuals were apprehended for reportedly planning to undermine support for Ukraine in Germany, potentially at the behest of the Russian government.

Jian G. is expected to appear before judges in Karlsruhe on Tuesday, where a decision will be made on whether to issue an arrest warrant and place him in custody.

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