German Pirate Party politician found dead after far-right election defeat

Pirate Party of Berlin politician found dead

Class-Brunner was known for wearing dungarees and a head scarf in the German Parliament

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Berlin Pirate party politician Gerwald Claus-Brunner has been found dead in what police believe was a suicide.

Claus-Brunner's body was discovered lying next to another body in his Stieglitz apartment in southwest Berlin.

A homicide unit is currently investigating, and have already told the Pirate Party the deaths did not appear to be an accident or the act of another person.

The Pirate party explained that Claus-Brunner had most likely killed himself because he was sick.

They said: “We do not know the exact circumstances, but we know that it [Brunner's depression] was indeed an incurable sickness,”

Claus-Brunner had lost his seat in Berlin's regional parliament over the weekend to a member of the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

He courted controversy throughout his political career, wearing a chequered headscarf which attracted strong criticism from Jewish groups, who described the garment as pro-Palestinian. 

The Pirate Party endured a disappointing night in Sunday's election, dropping below the 5% vote share required to secure representation in the Berlin parliament.