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Doubt cast over details of attack on AfD lawmaker Magnitz | DW |

Frank Passade, a spokesman with the Bremen prosecutor's office, said the video shows that Magnitz was attacked by three people, but he added that it looks likely that most of Magnitz's injuries were sustained as he hit the ground.

Magnitz checked himself out of the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering well, according to fellow Bremen AfD member Thomas Jürgewitz.

On Tuesday, the lawmaker spent most of the day talking to the press, inviting journalists to his sick bed to see the wounds on his face, covered with thick layers of gauze, and drawing their attention to the wheelchair he was using in hospital.


Magnitz's AfD colleagues have used the incident as a call to action, blaming the far-left Antifa group, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), and "left-wing terrorists," for the parliamentarian's wounds.

CCTV may contradict Magnitz

On Wednesday, however, prosecutors in Bremen questioned whether Magnitz was assaulted in exactly the manner he described. A spokesman told German news agency DPA that CCTV footage of the attack showed Magnitz being elbowed once, then falling over as his attackers ran away.

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German police cast doubt on details of attack on rightwing politician | The Guardian |

German police and prosecutors have questioned some of the claims made by a rightwing populist politician who suffered an attack that left him with serious head injuries.

Police say video footage casts doubt on assertions by Frank Magnitz that he was beaten with a wooden instrument by attackers who only stopped assaulting him when two passersby intervened.

Magnitz, 66, the head of Alternative für Deutschland in the city state of Bremen, was hospitalised on Monday evening after being attacked by strangers.


Jörg Meuthen, the party's federal chairman, posted a photograph on Twitter on Tuesday, showing the MP, apparently unconscious, with a deep gash to his head and a bruised face, and calling the attack an "assassination attempt".

Magnitz gave several interviews from his hospital bed on Tuesday. He told the Berliner Morgenpost that while he "didn't want to dramatise" the attack, he believed it had been "a politically motivated assassination attempt". In a subsequent interview with the tabloid Bild, he said while it was unlikely, he would not rule out that he might also have been the victim of a mugging.

He said the last thing he could recall was passing a handyman's van, after which "everything went dark". He came round, he said, when someone shook his arm, and asked if he still had his mobile phone and his wallet.

Magnitz said he suspected his attackers might have been participants at a nearby memorial demonstration for an asylum seeker who was killed in police custody in Bremen 14 years ago.

He told the Morgenpost he assumed someone from the demonstration recognised him and decided to follow him.

A spokeswoman for the event's organisers, the "Initiative to remember Laye-Alama Condé", accused Magnitz of speculation and of "purposefully wanting to discredit the subject matter of our event".

Magnitz hält Kundgebungsteilnehmer für Täter | Frakfurter Allgemeiner |

Mobiler Denkort erinnert an Laye Condé
Widerstand gegen Denkmal für Laye-Alama Condé | Der Spiegel - Jan. 19, 2015 |

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A so-called 'attack' on a far-right German politician has been thrown into doubt

by Oui on Thu Jan 10th, 2019 at 03:50:26 AM EST
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