After the bursting of the turquoise-blue coalition, wild rumors circulated that a Ukrainian businessman is said to have bought a mandate for the Lower Austrian FPÖ politician and entrepreneur Thomas Schellenbacher. The alleged evidence: dubious photos of sports bags full of cash in the trunk of Strache’s car, which his former bodyguard, who, as the Standard writes, indirectly also inspired the Ibiza video, circulated.
Then on Wednesday the clarification: The WKStA will not bring any charges in this case. “According to the results of the preliminary investigation, it could not be proven that Schellenbacher was actually entrusted with money (cash) by Ukrainian citizens to be passed on to the FPÖ,” says the statement of reasons for hiring. Strache himself had always denied the allegations.