Germany: Neo-Nazi Party Is in Self-Destruct Mode

With the arrest of the NPD party’s national treasurer on Thursday, things are looking increasingly grim for the far-right organization. Cooked books, poor finances and internal corruption are all leading to self-strangulation. Good riddance, say German newspapers.

Police in Berlin raided the national headquarters of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) on Thursday, following the arrest of the organization’s national treasurer, Erwin Kemna, earlier that morning on suspicion of embezzlement.

Erwin Kemna, the far-right NPD party’s national treasurer, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of embezzeling hundreds of thousands of euros since 2004. If found guilty, he faces up to ten years in prison.

Erwin Kemna, the far-right NPD party’s national treasurer, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of embezzeling hundreds of thousands of euros since 2004. If found guilty, he faces up to ten years in prison.

Kemna was detained in the western German city of Mu”nster Thursday morning on suspicion of siphoning off ‚¬627,000 ($913,500) since 2004 from the party’s funds solely for personal use. If found guilty, he faces between five and 10 years in prison.


Kemna’s arrest comes at a time when the far-right party has been facing grave financial troubles, federal investigations, and a demand from the Bundestag that the party repay ‚¬870,000 in defrauded funds.
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