Erfurt (dpa / th) - For public prosecutor investigations, the parliamentary immunity of Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) and AfD parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke is to be lifted.

Today the Justice Committee of the Landtag in Erfurt wants to decide on such applications behind closed doors.

A result is expected in the afternoon.

Ramelow had asked the MPs to grant the prosecutor's request so that the allegation of insulting him can be investigated.

The reason is an incident in the state parliament in July when the left-wing politician had shown the middle finger to AfD member Stefan Möller from the government bank.

He also called Möller in a debate about the future handling of NSU files a "disgusting bastard".

Möller then filed a complaint.

Höcke, who is considered the right wing in the AfD, is about investigations after two reports on suspicion of sedition and defamation.

According to the public prosecutor's office, it should, among other things, be a statement by Höcke on social media that is said to have been directed against the sea rescuer Carola Rackete.