German nationalist lawmaker gets warning over racist tweet

January 8, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017 file photo, Noah Becker arrives for the show held by label Zalando at the Bread & Butter fashion festival in Berlin. The son of former tennis star Boris Becker was pressing charges against the German nationalist lawmaker Jens Maier of AfD who insulted him with a racist slur. News agency dpa reported that the leadership of the Alternative for Germany, AfD, decided unanimously Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 to give Maier a formal warning and called on him to exercise more care in choosingand supervising his staff. (Jens Kalaene/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist party has given one of its lawmakers a warning over a racist tweet on his account directed against former tennis star Boris Becker’s son.

The dpa news agency reported that Alternative for Germany’s leadership decided unanimously Monday to give Jens Maier a formal warning and called on him to exercise more care in choosing and supervising his staff. However, he does not risk expulsion.

Maier claims that the since-deleted tweet directed at Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff, who has been disciplined. He says he regrets the “mishap.”

A lawyer for Becker said last week that the 23-year-old had filed a criminal complaint against Maier.

Maier, a judge from the eastern state of Saxony, is regarded as being on his nationalist party’s far-right wing.

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