The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has dismissed a petition by left-leaning German members of parliament in their attempt to get Edward Snowden to Germany to testify before its so-called NSA Committee.
The Constitutional Court’s December 4 decision, which was only announced (Google Translate) on Friday, said that the appropriate venue for such a petition was the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), Germany’s highest court. The Constitutional Court, as the name implies, deals with the constitutionality of federal laws.
Founded in March 2014, the NSA Committee is tasked with specifically investigating “whether, in what way, and on what scale” the United States and its Five Eyes allies “collected or are collecting data” to, from, and within Germany.
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