German parliamentary aide detained on suspicion of spying for China

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe announced on Wednesday that a close aide to Maximilian Kula, a far-right German member of the European Parliament, had been remanded in custody on suspicion of spying for China.

An investigating judge issued arrest warrants for Kula’s aides, a spokesperson for the agency said. The aide has been charged with acting as an agent of a foreign intelligence agency.

According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the aide is suspected of passing information on the European Parliament to China.

Federal prosecutors reported the arrest in Dresden on Tuesday, but there was no link between the arrest and Kula, the AfD’s front-runner in the upcoming European elections. Prosecutors said the suspect also spied on Chinese opposition politicians in Germany.

Mr. Kula is a member of the Committee on International Trade, the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Security, and Defense, and a member of the delegation responsible for relations with the United States.

Prosecutors said the suspect was taken into custody by police in Dresden, Saxony, on Monday. The suspect’s apartment was searched.

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