Malta agreed with Germany on the extradition of the so-called Reichsbürger, Reich Citizens' Movement. Since 2014, Reichsbürger has used the "Malta-Method" - a special trick to avoid tax penalties from Germany. Instead of paying their fines, they urged German judicial authorities with counterclaims of up to 50,000 euros.
As Reichsbürger members refuse to acknowledge the German constitutional state, they do not accept paying any taxes or fines to the German state. They still follow the legal rules of the Third Reich and stick to the borders of the 1930s.
Focusing on the smallest EU member state, Reichsbürger used legal loopholes to operate from Malta. Therefore, they send out official court orders – notarized by Maltese law – to German judges that urged them to follow the German states demands to comply with their tax obligation as German citizens.
They asked the German judicial staff to follow their "treaty fine" and wanted to receive between 25,000 and 50,000 euros instead of paying their legal taxes.
The German state finally urged the Maltese government to extradite and report any Reichsbürger operating from Malta. From now on, Malta will report any misuse of their judicial system by Reichsbürger straight to the German foreign ministry.
So far, members have used the online trade register Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) to register their demands. Everyone can operate with the UCC. There is no filter of participants. These demands were supposed to be collected by their own Maltese collection agency. Finally, their demands had to be contradicted in German courts within 30 days, otherwise the fines had to be paid. Until today, the Malta-Method has not been successful.
According to internal sources, psychological terror is a first step toward success for Reichsbürger.
The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported last month that the number of internal disciplinary matters related to the Reich Citizens' Movement across German police forces have increased markedly recently.
Members of the movement do not recognize the modern German state and its laws, but believe the former German Reich still exists.