Pirate politician found dead
Berlin – One of the most prominent figures in Germany’s Pirate Party has been found dead in his apartment, one day after he lost his seat in Berlin’s regional parliament to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Police found the body of Gerwald Claus-Brunner and that of another man in the politician’s Berlin apartment on Monday night (September 19). While an investigation into the deaths is ongoing and details of the other man’s identity have not been released, officers said evidence suggests the men committed suicide.
In a statement, the Pirate Party said it had been aware that Claus-Brunner had been suffering from an unspecified sickness.
Claus-Brunner had been elected to the Berlin parliament in 2011 when the party won 8.9 per cent of the vote and 15 seats.
His party, which stands for freedom of the Internet and privacy rights, failed to win seats in Sunday’s election, securing less than two per cent of the vote.