The arrest order by the Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) was based on the ÖVP’s crime scandal. The WKSt justified the access with the risk of influence and trace removal, which could now complicate the investigation.
It’s about surveys that were fudged with taxpayers’ money via the so-called leg scraper tool. The WKStA sees Sophie Karmasin (55) as the author here. In addition, the opinion researcher is said to have staged anti-competitive and therefore illegal agreements in several procurement procedures by mid-2021. The first detention test is scheduled to take place in two weeks.