Austrian politicians’ corruption scandals

This video is called Cash-for-laws: Pablo Zalba Bidegain (Spain, EPP).

The EPP is the European People’s Party, the international organization of the Spanish Partido Popular of Pablo Zalba Bidegain and Prime Minister Rajoy; the Austrian ÖVP; and similar conservative “Christian Democrat” parties.

By Markus Salzmann:

Corruption scandals rock Austrian politics

17 August 2012

A series of corruption scandals involving leading politicians is currently dominating political life in Austria. Politicians from the former right-wing government coalition of the People’s Party (ÖVP) and Freedom Party (FPÖ) are accused of gross corruption and abuse of office. No less than five former ministers from the cabinet of 2000-2007 led by former chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (ÖVP) are currently under investigation.

Last week the former interior minister Ernst Strasser (ÖVP) was indicted on charges of bribery–a charge that could lead to up to ten years in prison. In March last year it was revealed that two lobbyists masquerading as journalists from the British Sunday Times approached European Parliament deputies and offered them large sums of money in exchange for legislative changes. The affair was referred to as the “Cash for Laws” scandal. Strasser is alleged to have promised the pair that he would influence EU legislation. On video he can be seen agreeing to a €100,000 “consulting fee”.

The former finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser is facing a series of charges of abuse of authority. In the so-called Buwog affair in 2004 he is alleged to have passed on insider information during the process of privatising public housing companies in exchange for a ten-million euro commission. Grasser is also accused of being in the pay of an Austrian gaming company that sought his services to loosen the country’s gambling monopoly. Grasser and his business partners are accused of accepting bribes in connection with the affair from 2005 to 2008.

In a separate scandal involving Telekom Austria, the former technology minister, Hubert Gorbach, and Matthias Reichhold, both of the FPÖ, are accused of receiving six-figure bribes to provide benefits to the company.

Former Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat (ÖVP) has been charged with breach of trust. In 2006 the minister gave the go-ahead to buy nine million flu masks at an inflated price. The company that supplied the masks–to serve as a protection against bird flu–had links to the minister’s husband.

Herbert Scheibner of the Alliance for Austria’s Future (BZÖ), a split off from the FPÖ,

That split happened when the late FPÖ Fuehrer Jörg Haider (who later caused his own death by drunk driving) quarreled with his fellow neo-fascists in the FPÖ

is being investigated by the public prosecutor for money laundering. As defence secretary, Scheibner was responsible for the purchase of the controversial Eurofighter combat aircraft. At a later date, Scheibner’s company received lucrative contracts from the company that produced the Eurofighter.

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