Austrian prosecutors have launched an investigation against an employee of the ex-Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz on the so-called case “Ibizia”, which involved fake “niece of a Russian oligarch”. As reported on Sunday, July 21 AFP, citing Austrian media, the employee suspected in the destruction of evidence. In turn, headed by Kurtz “Austrian people’s party”, recognizing the fact of the destruction of “non-papers” called it normal.
AFP refers to the publication of the Austrian newspaper Kurier. According to the newspaper, an employee of the former Chancellor Kurtz is suspected by the Austrian Prosecutor’s office that intentionally removed from the hard disk of the computer, some documents, which could be associated with the scandal “of Ibizia”.
The data was destroyed on 23 may, i.e. during the period between the occurrence of the scandal and the resignation of the government to which this scandal has brought.
The employee’s name is not yet known.
In turn, headed by the former Chancellor “of the Austrian people’s party” (ÖVP) Agence France-Presse said that to remove from PC “personal and anecdotal evidence” before the resignation of the government — “it is absolutely normal procedure.” The party also assured that the officer did not have access to sensitive data.
The message about the possible destruction of evidence may harm the ÖVP, which, according to recent opinion polls, is the favorite of early parliamentary elections scheduled for September.
France-Presse emphasizes that in Austria “widespread rumors about the possible involvement of Sebastian Kurz in “Ibizia”. The politician denies these rumors.
We will remind, the scandal of “Ibizia” erupted after may 17, the German media published a video depicting a meeting between Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian strache and his colleagues at the far-right “Austrian freedom party” (FPÖ) Johann Gudenus with the woman who introduced Alyona Makarova, “the niece of a Russian oligarch close to Putin.”
During the meeting, which was held at the Villa in Ibiza in 2017, “the parties” discussed the possibility of Russian “investment” in Austria in order to “support” the party of the FPÖ in exchange for the Austrian government contracts.
The next day after the publication of Heinz-Christian strache has resigned from the post of Vice-Chancellor. Two days later, on may 20, it was announced the collapse of the ruling coalition, which included the party of strache and the party of Kurtz. On may 27, the Austrian Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the government.