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Treason probe row: Germany's justice minister sacks top prosecutor

  • The German justice minister Heiko Maas has sacked Harald Range, the country’s top prosecutor, saying the latter no longer enjoyed his confidence. Range had accused the government of interference in a treason probe. Maas said Range’s statements were "incomprehensible".

    German prosecutors are looking into whether a website called Netzpolitik had revealed state secrets by publishing articles regarding plans to increase state surveillance.

    The case has triggered protests in the country, forcing senior officials to reiterate the government’s commitment to the freedom of press.

    Tagged as: German justice minister, Heiko Maas, Harald Range, prosecutor, treason probe, Netzpolitik, state surveillance, Germany, world news