This Wednesday, the Austrian judiciary carried out searches in the headquarters of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and in several offices of the Chancellery as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses.
Specifically, Kurz is accused of inciting bribes, while several people from his immediate circle are accused of paying bribes, including his media strategists Johannes Frischmann and Gerald Fleischmann, as reported in the Austrian press. Investigators confiscated cell phones and electronic devices during the raids.
This case is apparently not related to the investigation into the “Ibiza Affair” or “Ibizagate”, a corruption scandal within the Chancellor’s Conservative coalition that is currently taking place at the EU summit in Slovenia.
This investigation is related to surveys allegedly commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Finance, in which Kurz and the Austrian People’s Party were favored and which appeared in a media group in the country, as reported by the “Presse”.
The investigators assume that the financial portfolio has diverted money for the elections, which, according to the prosecutor, were motivated “exclusively for the political further development of the party”. The publication in the media group was accompanied by an advertising cooperation of more than 1.1 million euros. The media group rejects the allegations.