“Pressure on the accused is growing”, headlined ORF.at at 7:26 pm – and after exactly one hour and fifteen minutes, it drew attention back to the now ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his turquoise ÖVP.
The convicted pollster Sabine Beinschab would testify as a key witness against the “System Kurz”. In view of the fact that she is even accused of having destroyed evidence, already questionable. More clearly: Like that eXXpress now found out, the judiciary is now also having the previously secret e-mail accounts of the pollster and ex-minister Sophie Karmasin evaluated by the provider gmx.
Amazingly, Beinschab was supposedly “ready to reveal their knowledge” as early as October.
The timing of the leniency report is interesting for several reasons. In any case, it is very obvious that attention had to remain on the ÖVP. Because the eXXpress had to report explosive issues on the cause. An industry insider described what is possible with “fudged” surveys: “That was not only the case in 2015, but also during the SPÖ-internal dispute over the succession in the mayor’s office of the City of Vienna at the end of 2017.
A top Viennese lawyer, who knows the “Ibiza act” very well, said in an eXXpress conversation: “This advertising corruption case is likely to become a conflagration that will affect almost the entire Austrian media landscape and even more politicians. Now there are only two options for the judiciary: Either to really uncover everything and bring it to bear – or to stop everything very quickly. “
And what could be particularly unpleasant for the SPÖ and for an Austrian daily newspaper publisher: If the public prosecutor’s office for business and corruption were to reopen advertisements during the term of office of ex-Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann. “This case is not yet statute-barred,” said the lawyer, who is closely following the current actions of the judiciary.
Back to the “key witness” leg shaving. Before the start of the questioning it was stated according to reports that the accused is willing “to voluntarily disclose my knowledge of facts and / or evidence, the knowledge of which can significantly contribute to the comprehensive investigation (…) of the criminal offenses beyond my own contribution to the crime promote or research a person who took part in such a meeting in a leading role or who worked in a leading position in such an association or organization ”.
Ms. Beinschab wanted to disclose everything “voluntarily”. The voluntariness seems to have ended with emails. The Austrian corruption investigators are now asking the German judiciary to cooperate with the opening of the previously secret mail accounts of Sabine Beinschab and Sophie Karmasin on the gmx web portal. This company of 1 & 1 Mail und Media GmbH in Montabaur and Karlsruhe offers mailboxes whose addresses can also be used with false names.
The background for this step by the Austrian judiciary: In a chat on WhatsApp, Thomas Schmid instructs the pollster to contact him via “his private gmx address” – it is obviously about paying for surveys.