ARCHIV - 25.09.2020, Brandenburg, Potsdam: Andreas Kalbitz, früherer Fraktionsvorsitzender der Brandenburger Partei Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), verfolgt die 22. Sitzung des Brandenburger Landtages von der Tribüne. (zu dpa «Landgericht verhandelt über AfD-Mitgliedschaft von Kalbitz») Foto: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

After repeated defeats in court, Andreas Kalbitz, member of the Brandenburg state parliament, continues to fight against the withdrawal of his membership in the AfD.

The 49-year-old has appealed against the negative judgment of the Berlin Regional Court at the Court of Appeal, said court spokesman Thomas Heymann on Monday on request. There is no date for a hearing yet.

In April, the regional court dismissed Kalbitz’s lawsuit against the federal party, which had declared his party membership null and void two years ago.

To justify the verdict, the presiding judge Hans-Joachim Luhm-Schier explained in a discussion that Kalbitz had concealed his one-year membership in the Republicans in his application for admission to the AfD. Therefore, the approval of the membership because of fraudulent misrepresentation is lawfully contestable.

The federal party had also accused Kalbitz that when he joined the party in 2013 he had not declared membership of the now banned right-wing extremist “Heimattreuen Deutsche Jugend” (HDJ). Kalbitz denies membership in the HDJ.

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In August 2020, the 43rd civil chamber had already granted Kalbitz no provisional legal protection to maintain party membership in an urgent procedure.