Will Austria's far-right leader be indicted for breach of trust till the end of June?
Austria's federal prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating former far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache and others on suspicion of breach of trust in connection with a sting video that forced Strache to quit the coalition government.
In the footage, Strache appears to offer to fix state contracts in return for political or financial help. He has acknowledged the video was “catastrophic” but says he did nothing illegal and did not follow through on his comments.
Strache stepped down as Austrian vice chancellor and head of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on May 18 after German media published secretly filmed footage from a 2017 dinner party at which Strache met a woman posing as a Russian oligarch’s niece.
A spokesman for a prosecutors’ office responsible for economic crimes and corruption said on Thursday it was investigating Strache as well as Johann Gudenus, a former FPO local lawmaker in Vienna who also featured in the video.
Strache’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.