“It works in the state of Austria,” said Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) at the party conference of the Vienna Greens, rejecting any blanket criticism of the judiciary. He emphasized: “The independent judiciary is a very important pillar of Austria.” People should be able to trust the judiciary. And you do not have to “protect the judiciary,” said Kogler: “It can help itself, as you can see now when the investigation is carried out without looking at the person.”
However, “of course”, according to Kogler, individual judicial decisions are likely to be criticized: The Vice Chancellor specifically mentioned the Eurofighter investigations as an example. Kogler: “We have already been approached by institutions from abroad, why nothing happens to us.” And in the next sentence, the Green boss alludes to the ex-general secretary in the Ministry of Justice, who is close to the ÖVP: “But that’s not going to be any more.” The high-ranking official was investigated on the basis of this rumor, but these surveys were discontinued.
For many political observers, another sentence by Werner Kogler about the good relationship between him and Alma Zadic and the investigative authorities of the judiciary was extremely interesting: “We have met again and again with the Association of Public Prosecutors.” The Vice Chancellor recalled that he had represented Zadic for two and a half months as Minister of Justice. Alma Zadic took office again in March 2021.