The now green minister, who for 23 months harmonized perfectly with the extreme short hater Peter Pilz in his small party, has not wanted to answer the questions of the eXXpress for days: After all, she might have a lot to explain.
For example, you could have to comment on the tough criticism of the legal protection officers on the actions of the corruption prosecutor’s office during the house searches on October 6th. Or about the fact that the publishing house of two Viennese media entrepreneurs was stormed “without urgent suspicion” (quote from the legal protection officer). Or about the compliance customs in her department, for example that the chief public prosecutor who interrogated Sebastian Kurz for five hours lives in the same house as the economic expert who then uses her chat selection to carry out the search orders for the Chancellery, ÖVP headquarters and Treasury filled?
The eXXpress editorial team could think of a few more questions about all the current turbulence in Zadic’s department – we’re pretty sure that we have enough topics.
The Minister of Justice did not approve of the perhaps a bit too popular match with tough questions, let the eXXpress be turned off with interview requests “for scheduling reasons” and met with an editor of the German newspaper “Die Welt”.
The very first question will make students shudder for years to come in journalism universities as an example of journalistic brutality: “Minister, according to surveys, you are the most popular and trustworthy politician in Austria after Federal President Alexander van der Bellen. How did you do that?”
OK. Yes, that’s right: the eXXpress would not have asked like this.
And “Die Welt” did not make it easy for the Justice Minister – Zadic then continued to pound hard questions like this: “Austria is the first country in Europe to be governed by a coalition of conservatives and Greens. Will that go well? ” Or: “How will the participation of the Greens in Germany affect Austria and Europe?”
At one point it gets a bit tricky for Alma Zadic, but she doesn’t give a specific answer anyway – “Die Welt”: “Austria’s politics have been shaken by the resignation of Sebastian Kurz. The former chancellor is being investigated on suspicion of false testimony, corruption and infidelity. Are you expecting charges? “
Zadic replied: “As Minister of Justice, I am the head of the entire public prosecutor’s office. Any statement I made could be interpreted as an indirect instruction by the public prosecutor. Therefore, I will not say anything about the ongoing proceedings in order to avoid the appearance of political influence. “
We take at least one thing from this hot interview: Alma Zadic still knows that she is the head of the public prosecutor’s office, i.e. the investigative authority that is currently heavily criticized.
We at eXxpress will of course continue to do an interview with the Minister of Justice. We’ll be a little good too, I promise. Our first question will therefore be: “Ms. Zadic, how do you feel as the best Justice Minister of all time?” Honest.