Far-right politician Heinz Christian Strach was accused of corruption in Austria on Thursday. The Public Prosecution announced that. The indictment comes nearly two years after the Ibizagite commotion, a scandal that led to the government’s downfall.
Strache was deputy chancellor and head of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) when he lost his credibility in May 2019. A video clip, filmed in 2017, showed that he was willing to take a bribe from a woman pretending to be a relative of a Russian millionaire. The case led to the end of the government coalition between the Austrian Freedom Party and ÖVP Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Strache also resigned from the position of party chairman.
Fraud investigations against Strache also began as a result of the video. On this basis, the politician is now being accused of corruption. He reportedly stepped into the legislation in 2018 to ensure hospital recognition through Social Security. According to prosecutors, this emerged from Strache’s text messages.
The owner of the hospital invited Strache to his yacht in exchange for this intervention. According to media reports, he has also transferred € 10,000 to FPÖ. He also accused the owner of the hospital.
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