Prosecutors have arrested a man working for a far-right politician on suspicion of spying for China.

They have identified the man as Jian G, 43, named by German media as an assistant to AfD MEP and European election candidate Maximilian Krah.

Prosecutors say he was arrested in the eastern city of Dresden. They allege he passed information about the European Parliament to Chinese intelligence.

Jian G is also suspected of spying on Chinese opposition figures in Germany.

A spokesman for the AfD party (Alternative for Germany) said the arrest was “very disturbing.

Prosecutors said he had worked since 2019 “for a member of the European Parliament”, without mentioning Mr Krah, who is the AfD’s lead candidate in the European Elections which take place in the EU’s 27 member states from 6-9 June.

Jian G is due to go before an investigating judge later on Tuesday.

His detention comes a day after three other arrests in Germany on suspicion of spying for China, although the latest case is not believed to be linked.

The main suspect in that case is alleged to have operated a front company working with German research organisations while spying for the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS).

Thomas R is alleged to have obtained “innovative technologies for military use” on behalf of an MSS employee.

April 23, 2024

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