This procedure was opened after accusations by the Social Democratic and Liberal opposition, which accused Sebastian kurz not to tell the truth in front of the deputies about one of the shutters of the Ibizagate.
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A corruption scandal breaks out in Austria. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Wednesday, October 6, to be the subject of an investigation by the public prosecutor’s office, after a complaint from the opposition for “false declaration” before a parliamentary committee set up after the Ibizagate scandal.
“I would like to inform you that (…) the financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation concerning myself and my chief of staff “ Bernhard Bonelli, he announced at a press conference in Vienna. “I have always answered all questions honestly”, added the conservative leader, ruling out any resignation at this stage.
This procedure was opened after accusations from the social democratic and liberal opposition, which accused Sebastian Kurz of not telling the truth in front of the deputies about one of the shutters of the Ibizagate.
In 2019, the coalition between the conservatives and the far right fell after a trap set for the president of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, filmed without his knowledge in a villa in Ibiza. The video, shot in 2017 while he was a legislative candidate, showed him ready to compromise in exchange for hidden funding.
His media coverage came after he became number two in the government. It had caused a political earthquake in Austria, which had led to the opening of several investigations.
In this case with multiple ramifications, the home of Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blümel, close to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, was searched in February. Justice suspects him of being involved in the secret financing of the Conservative Party by the global gambling giant Novomatic.