Former Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache faces corruption trial

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By Euronews with AFP  •  Updated: 06/07/2021 - 07:06

Heinz-Christian Strache is facing a corruption trial

Heinz-Christian Strache is facing a corruption trial   -   Copyright  Ronald Zak/AP

A erstwhile vice-chancellor of Austria is facing the commencement of a corruption proceedings connected Tuesday, 2 years aft the quality of the alleged Ibiza-gate ungraded broke.

Heinz-Christian Strache, the erstwhile person of the extreme-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), was caught up successful a sting successful 2017 portion connected vacation successful Ibiza successful 2017.

Ahead of parliamentary elections, helium had a drunken gathering determination with a pistillate presenting herself arsenic the affluent niece of a Russian oligarch wishing to put successful Austria.

Strache offered to assistance concern his run successful speech for a committedness to triumph nationalist tenders if helium were to participate the government.

He besides asked him to instrumentality a involvement successful the country's astir wide work tabloid, Kronen Zeitung, successful bid to alteration its editorial enactment to his vantage - a signifier helium said person Viktor Orban had introduced successful neighbouring Hungary.

It was each caught connected a hidden camera, with excerpts released to the media successful 2019, bringing down the conjugation authorities of which FPO was a part.

Strache is accused of intervening connected behalf of an FPO donor.

A twelve investigations person been opened by the nationalist prosecutor’s bureau arsenic a effect of the video.

In the video the FPO person claimed that billionaires and the Austrian gambling elephantine Novomatic were illegally financing the governmental class.

Those named denied immoderate wrongdoing, portion Strache blamed his statements connected drink, saying helium whitethorn person been drugged without his knowledge.

One of the alleged instigators of the video, a backstage investigator, has been arrested connected cause charges.

After the illness of the government, blimpish Chancellor Sebastian Kurz returned to powerfulness by forging an unprecedented confederation with the Greens successful January 2020.

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