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US News: Right -wing extremist judge Maier is said to go into premature retirement

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Leipzig. The judge and former AfD member of the Bundestag Jens Maier from Saxony, classified as a right-wing extremist, can be sent to premature retirement. The service court for judges at the Leipzig district court declared a corresponding application permitted.

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The judge classified as a right-wing extremist and former AfD member of the Bundestag Jens Maier from Saxony can be sent to premature retirement, according to a court decision. The official court for judges at the Leipzig district court declared a corresponding request from the State Justice Ministry on Thursday. Against the decision, Maier can still appeal to the federal government court, which is located at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.

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The ministry announced that the court had confirmed its assessment that Maier's transfer is imperative "to avert a serious impairment of justice". It was convinced that the public's trust in this judge had caused so much damage that his case law no longer seems credible.

of Maier's reasoning did not follow according to a court spokeswoman. He had argued that statements made as a member of the Bundestag could not be exploited.

what he said outside of Parliament and not in his deputy function does not fall below, said the spokeswoman. For the decision, posts in social networks and Maier's function as chairman of the now formally resolved radically right -wing so -called so -called wing of the AfD were used. The moderation requirement for judges also applies if their activity is calm.

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Maier had been sitting in the Bundestag for the AfD from 2017 to 2021. He is classified as a right -wing extremist by Saxon Constitutional Protection. After leaving the parliament in the Bundestag election in 2021, he applied for the return to his earlier employment relationship.

The Saxon Minister of Justice Katja Meier (Greens) made the application to put him in early retirement. She was now successful before the service court. After the decision, she explained that this was "trend -setting nationwide - it is clear that enemies of the constitution must not speak right in this country".

The Basic Law guarantees judges an independent position and therefore also protects them from early office. According to their will, they may only be prohibited from exercising their service against their will by court decisions based on the criteria defined in the laws of more precise criteria. At the same time, however, laws also stipulate that an appeal may only be made if the relevant “at all times” stand up for the free-democratic order.

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In October, the Berlin Administrative Court ruled that the Senate there may not be retired by the judge and former AfD MP Birgit Malsack-Winkemann. Her social media posts, among other things, to Corona and the US election, are not sufficient to prove it an right-wing extremist attitude that could justify a transfer.

Against Maier there is still a disciplinary proceedings at the Dresden district court. It could also be about the withdrawal of his remuneration.

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