Potsdam (dpa / bb) - Brandenburg's Justice Minister Susanne Hoffmann (CDU) has rejected the repeated demand of the AfD parliamentary group in the state parliament to inspect criminal files.
"The criminal files are particularly to be protected, because they can contain very sensitive personal data," said Hoffmann the "Uckermark courier" (Tuesday).
Therefore, the right to inspect files in the Code of Criminal Procedure is limited to specially regulated cases.
The minister emphasized that the general right to inspect files in the state constitution is not suitable for breaking this rule.
The AfD parliamentary group had tried several times to gain insight into the prosecution's investigation files, which involved proceedings against persons involved in political life in Brandenburg, explained Hoffmann.
"As a rule, the subject registrations concern proceedings in which the accused or defendants have a foreign background."
The MPs also wanted to inspect files in which the public prosecutor's office had closed the proceedings in the absence of any suspicion.
"It is obvious what opportunities for abuse arise from this when the contents of the prosecution's investigation files become the subject of political debate," said the minister.
The AfD member of the state parliament, Wilko Möller, told the German Press Agency that in the past, access to files had always been granted without problems.
The parliamentary advisory service of the state parliament had confirmed the AfD's right to inspect criminal files, said Möller.
"We will wait for the next meeting of the legal committee and, if necessary, sue," he announced.
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