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Prosecutors: Letter shows Berlin politician killed man, self

Cars pass by an election campaign poster of the state parliament member Gerwald Claus-Brunner of the 'Piraten' (Pirates) party in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Berlin officials say a member of the city's Pirate Party was found dead in his apartment along with the body of another man and that homicide detectives are investigating. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Cars pass by an election campaign poster of the state parliament member Gerwald Claus-Brunner of the 'Piraten' (Pirates) party in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Berlin officials say a member of the city's Pirate Party was found dead in his apartment along with the body of another man and that homicide detectives are investigating. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin prosecutors say a well-known member of Berlin's Pirate Party confessed in a letter to killing a younger man before taking his own life.

Spokesman Martin Steltner said Thursday that 44-year-old Gerwald Claus-Brunner appeared to have slain the 29-year-old for "highly personal reasons," but declined to elaborate.

Steltner says Claus-Brunner killed the man, whose name wasn't released, on Sept. 15 in the victim's Berlin apartment, then moved the body to his own flat.

Both bodies were found on Monday.

The Pirate Party was founded a decade ago with a focus on internet freedom. It took only 1.7 per cent of the votes in Berlin's state election Sunday, losing its seats in parliament.

Authorities say Claus-Brunner, who represented the party in the state parliament, likely died before election results were announced.