“This is a good project,” say entrepreneurs, Viennese city politicians and also journalists, who have been researching the Chorherr case for a long time, about the “Ithuba School” in South Africa. The accusation of the public prosecutor in the indictment that has recently become known against the ex-Greens Christoph Chorherr (60) and nine entrepreneurs are also not against the school project for children in need.
It’s not about building a school, it’s about suspicion of bribery, corruption and abuse of office: In the coming process it will have to be clarified whether the real estate tycoons and multi-million dollar investment professionals want to make a donation to the association of “gray zoning seminaries ”Could hope for certain advantages – and thus possibly make higher profits. More building area logically brings more profit, as well as additional meters in terms of height.
In the indictment of the Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA), the total of ten defendants – all of whom are presumed innocent – are accused of being involved in the so-called “Chorherr System”: donation for the charity association, but benevolence for various dedication requests from the property developer. The changes in the dedication that have taken place could of course have caused massive damage to many neighbors of new construction projects, according to representatives of citizens’ groups.
Whether the public prosecutors will succeed in proving this system of alleged corruption – shown here in simplified form – remains to be seen in the courtroom.
What is now undisputed to read in the WKStA indictment: The high sums of donations that have been transferred from the high society of the Viennese real estate biz and the banker scene to the canon association s2arch. Some examples: € 100,000 on November 15, 2011 from Signa, € 100,000 on December 7, 2012 from a well-known investment banker, € 50,000 on July 30, 2014 from a Viennese real estate developer, etc. . .
It is noticeable that the corruption prosecutor did not list all transfers from the City of Vienna, i.e. all the sums that went from the Viennese taxpayer to the association. After all, according to the Vienna City Audit Office, annual subsidies for Canons’ Association of € 50,000 each were approved from 2008 to 2018, i.e. 10 times € 50,000. In addition, other special projects are said to have been funded with large sums of money from the city’s treasury – a total of more than € 550,000. Vienna alone would have co-financed the Africa Association with more than € 1 million.