Far-right party fires official over suggestion migrants could be shot

Berlin: The far-right Alternative for Germany party has fired a prominent official following reports he made comments suggesting that migrants could be killed.

The party has confirmed that Christian Lueth, who was already suspended from his post as parliamentary spokesman in April after allegedly describing himself as a "fascist", had his contract terminated with immediate effect.

Christian Lueth has been kicked out of the Alternative for Germany party.Credit:AP

German media reported that Lueth told a young blogger in February that the worse off Germany is, the better it would be for his party, and that migrants coming to the country "could still be shot later on […] or gassed."

The meeting was secretly filmed by broadcaster ProSieben for a documentary about Germany's far-right. The speaker's face wasn't shown in the footage but weekly Die Zeit reported it was Lueth.

Lueth's party, known by its German acronym AfD, has campaigned vociferously against immigration and saw a surge in support when hundreds of thousands of refugees were allowed into Germany at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015. It is currently the largest opposition party in the national legislature.

Lueth declined to comment, saying he planned to issue a statement on Tuesday, Berlin time.

AfD has come under heightened scrutiny from the country's domestic intelligence agency amid concern that some factions are flirting with extremism, a charge the party denies.

On Monday, AfD's parliamentary caucus in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg kicked out lawmaker Stefan Raepple after he reportedly called for the violent overthrow of the government.

Last week, the party's caucuses in two northern state assemblies split amid infighting between members.


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