Corona mask affair: Bundestag again lifts Georg Nüßlein's immunity

The Bundestag has again lifted the immunity of the member of parliament Georg Nüßlein, who is suspected of corruption. The parliament thus cleared the way for further measures against the former CSU parliamentarian.

Nüßlein is criticized for business with corona protective masks. Specifically, the parliament granted the approval "for the execution of judicial property arrest and search orders". The trigger was a letter from the Federal Ministry of Justice. As is customary in these cases, the resolution was passed unanimously.

Nüßlein is said to have collected six-figure commissions for arranging mask shops. The Munich Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating him, among other things, because of the initial suspicion of bribery and bribery of elected officials. Last month the investigation was expanded. Accordingly, the authority is now investigating a third suspect.

According to the investigations, Nüßlein is said to have received a commission of 660.000 euros through his consulting company - for brokerage activities in connection with multi-million dollar orders for the procurement of corona protective equipment for ministries and the federal police. As can be seen from a judicial search warrant, the alleged bribe is supposed to be transferred to the Liechtenstein bank account of an offshore company in the Caribbean have flowed.

Nüßlein's immunity had already been lifted at the end of February in order to enable the public prosecutor's office to investigate, including searches. However, this has to be done again if investigating authorities want to take steps beyond the original decision.