Imminent fine: ticket for Enrico Komning (AfD) – who was driving?

The AfD deputy from Neubrandenburg is accused of driving too fast and of making phone calls. But it was probably very different.


After the CDU member of the Bundestag Philipp Amthor, an AfD member of the Bundestag from the Lake District will soon have to answer for a traffic offense in court: it is Enrico Komning from Neubrandenburg, who has been a member of the Bundestag for the AfD since 2017. In August 2021, the lawyer was accused of driving a car about ten kilometers an hour too fast in a town on the B197 and of having made a phone call – presumably without a hands-free device.

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Because the case occurred in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district and Komning lodged an objection to the fine notice, a hearing is to be held at the Pasewalk district court on July 14. And it will come out that he was not at the wheel, Komning said when asked by the Nordkurier about the case: “My constituency employee drove the vehicle on this campaign day. The car is only registered to me.” It is not surprising that the authorities suspected him to be the driver himself: “The employee looks a bit like me,” says Komning.

The 53-year-old has been one of several parliamentary directors of the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag since the last election and runs his own law firm in Neubrandenburg. He represents the constituency, which includes parts of the Lake District and Western Pomerania-Greifswald. In the 2021 federal election, as in 2017, he entered parliament via the list after losing second place in the direct election to Erik von Malottki (SPD). The former directly elected MP, Philipp Amthor (CDU), who ran again, only came third in the direct election behind Komning and von Malottki.

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Amthor had to give up his driver’s license for a month at the beginning of 2022. In 2020 he drove through a 70 km/h zone in Western Pomerania at around 120 kilometers per hour. It also cost him a fine of 450 euros. He too had appealed the penalty, but had failed in Pasewalk.