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Where Karl Lauterbach is still wrong
The controversial Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has filed a criminal complaint against AfD MP Beatrix von Storch. Because of insult. Because he heard something (“You’re crazy”) that no one said (“That’s crazy” is recorded in the Bundestag minutes).
“You are a pig. Do you know that?” snapped former SPD parliamentary group leader Herbert Wehner at a CDU MP. And that’s just one example of how cheerful things can sometimes be in the high house. “Strolch”, “squatter”, “dirt slinger”, “Schlimer”, “rehearsed Pharisee”, all Wehner, who was never reported and has not made himself punishable with these assessments.
The Greens and SPD have often shown a problematic relationship with freedom of expression. For example, when backbenchers Helge Lindh (SPD) or Lamya Kaddor (Greens) go to state security and file hundreds of criminal charges. Because they also wanted to silence legitimate criticism of themselves on social media. As if you had nothing more important to do with state security.
Lauterbach, who is not always technically competent, has a good chance of embarrassing himself with his ad. Because a Member of Parliament may not be prosecuted or otherwise held responsible outside the Bundestag for a statement he made in the Bundestag. That is what it says in the Basic Law (Art. 46 Para. 1). The only exception is slanderous insults.
If Lauterbach wants to shape parliamentary debates with the means of criminal law, he leaves the ground of our constitution. Which as Minister he should be familiar with.
The wealth of knowledge with which the then Vice-President of the Bundestag, Claudia Roth (Greens), distinguished herself in an ARD program in 2015 remains unforgotten. After the asylum article of the Basic Law had been read out to her correctly, she rumbled: “So what is your idea of what is in our Basic Law? Yes, such nonsense. That is not in our constitution.”
Roth was promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Media and recently showed what she can do at the documenta. Karl Lauterbach, on the other hand, is still looking for a specialist area in which he can demonstrate his expertise. The constitution and health policy are clearly not part of it.
*Joachim Nikolaus Steinhöfel, born in Hamburg in 1962, is one of the most prominent German lawyers. As early as 2004, the Handelsblatt stated: “He brought almost 200 cases to the Federal Court of Justice, winning around 70 percent of them.” did. Steinhöfel moderated programs for RTL and RTL 2, appeared as an advertising testimonial for Europe’s largest provider of entertainment electronics and as an expert in the Bundestag. In 1999 he won the advertising prize “Effie” in silver. Every two weeks he writes for BILD about the abysses of the present and society.