A parliamentary request to a minister of the coalition partner has domestic political explosiveness: Although the mood within the coalition could not improve, the Chancellor’s party still wants specific answers from Alma Zadic (Greens) on “urgent circumstances that need to be clarified” on the day of the house searches, October 6th , in the Chancellery, in the Ministry of Finance, in the ÖVP headquarters and at private addresses of close employees of Sebastian Kurz.
As the eXXpress has already reported several times, it seems extremely unlikely that, as claimed, “legal circles” will send the confidential orders for the house searches including the chats causing a government crisis to the Wiener Wochenblatt “Falter” or to a left-wing political blog of an ex-politician would have.
An important point that could be problematic for Zadic: How did “Falter” editor-in-chief Florian Klenk get the house search order with the number 1683 at 12 noon on October 6, although at that time there was only one lawyer – namely the ÖVP attorney – had this in his hands at Stefan Steiner’s private address?
Important: All other lawyers of the accused listed in the Casag file did not receive the confidential files until the afternoon of October 7th.
That is why the ÖVP MPs from Zadic now want to know exactly: “How many people and when exactly did they use the opportunity to inspect files during this period (October 6th to 7th)?”
In addition, the Minister of Justice should answer this question: “Will you investigate the well-founded suspicion that the Business and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for a breach of official secrecy?”
In addition, Alma Zadic should also provide information about the compliance rules in the Ministry of Justice: For example, the partner of the senior public prosecutor who interrogated Sebastian Kurz for five hours on suspicion of false testimony is the economic expert who evaluates and selects the chats for the corruption prosecutor Has. The ÖVP wants to know: “Who gave this order and when? Did you have your own tenders for this? “
The mere fact that the appearance could be suspected that the partner of the chief public prosecutor could, on closer inspection, choose chat messages that more burdens than alleviate one or more persons listed as accused in the act would be a problem for the reputation of the judiciary.
With the parliamentary question, the big coalition partner is now putting the Green Justice Minister under pressure – and she will not be thrilled that she is now confronted with explosive questions due to the behavior of a weekly newspaper editor-in-chief. After all, it was only “Falter” co-owner Klenk who ensured with his text messages on Twitter that the suspicion of passing on files was not really reduced.
On October 6th, on the day of the house searches, Klenk wrote literally on the social media platform Twitter at 12:39 p.m. – i.e. only four and a half hours after the start of the house search at Steiner: “We have the house search warrant and a lot of other information about the raid from legal circles received in the Chancellery. We have been working on a report for a few hours and it will appear shortly. Stay tuned.” The “Falter” editorial team has been working on the story of the house search, which began only four and a half hours ago, “for a few hours” on October 6th at 12:39 pm.
The eXXpress has also asked Zadic several times for a TV interview about the allegations – so far this has always been refused.