Minister: no prosecution Baudet for apps, Chamber can decide otherwise

Justice Minister Yesilgöz has no prosecution against Forum for Democracy leader Baudet, against whom there is a declaration for sending racist and anti-Semitic whatsapp. The minister follows an opinion from the Attorney General at the Supreme Court, she writes to the House of Representatives.

The apps came out in the public eye in February last year, when weekly EW wrote about it. The magazine published screenshots of discussions in private app groups of Forum members. The Attorney General investigated whether the matter should lead to prosecution, but sees no starting points for this because group insult is punishable only if the statements are made publicly.

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The politician made his comments in closed app groups of limited size of which (candidate) MPs and staff of Forum for Democracy were part of, concludes the Attorney General. Also, according to him, there are no indications that Baudets intention was to make these comments publicly.

MPs and other politicians must be tried by the Supreme Court after a possible crime of office. An attorney general first conducts exploratory research to this end and submits his findings to the minister. It is up to the government or the House of Representatives to then order criminal prosecution. Yesilgöz does not, but points out that the House can still decide this.