Austria Scandal

Austria Scandal

Vienna lawyer says that he was involved in the video sting that brought down far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache.

The lawyer named by Germany’s Bild newspaper as Ramin Mirfakhrai -said it was a “civil society-driven project in which investigative-journalistic approaches were taken”.

However, but not clarify that who was ultimately behind the sting operation and who paid for it.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is facing  without confidence vote in parliament on Monday.

If he will try to stay on until elections so he survives.

What does the lawyer say?

It said the thoughts behind the publication were “democratic-political and legal”.

Austrian media’s reports say that the lawyer is one of three people facing legal proceedings brought by Mr. Strache.

What has the political fallout been?

Mr. Strache stood down as vice-chancellor for some hours after the video emerged.

His Freedom Party (FPO) then quit the coalition after President Alexander Van der Bellen fired FPO Interior Minister Herbert Kickl.

Mr. Kurz, from the Center-right People’s Party (ÖVP), has replaced far-right ministers with technocrats.

What is in the video?

Footage was released earlier this month by German media, Mr. Strache can be seen relaxing and drinking for some hours at a villa with Mr. Gudenus while they are meet the supposed Russian oligarch’s niece.

During the conversation Mr. Strache appears to propose her public contracts if she buys a large stake in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung and compels it to support the FPO.


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