As has now been leaked, the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) is now also investigating National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka – for abuse of office.
Sobotka is said to have ensured that Franz Eigner filled the post of deputy state police director for “party political considerations”. That’s the accusation. As a result, another applicant, Andrea Jelinek, who is assigned to the SPÖ, was ignored. Sobotka was Minister of the Interior at the time in question.
Compared to the “Kronen Zeitung”, which has the document from the WKStA, Sobotka, who is also chairman of the corruption investigation committee, emphasizes: “In all my 40 years as a politician, I have always followed the laws of the republic to the point and comma. In this case, too, I strictly adhered to the proposal.” Sobotka has been reported six times since Ibiza and there have been suspensions five times.
According to the WKStA, the then head of cabinet Michael Kloibmüller, who gave the instruction to prepare the inauguration of the owner, is also accused. The allegations are vehemently denied by all – the presumption of innocence applies.
Wolfgang Sobotka suspects political motives behind the current action. “Unfortunately, it is a sign of our time that political discourse is increasingly being conducted with legal means.” They want to discredit him once again as chairman of the ÖVP corruption committee.
He is now demanding rapid clarification from the authorities. “I am available for questioning at any time to clarify this as soon as possible. As Minister of the Interior, I have always relied on the expertise of the appointment committee, which will certainly emerge very clearly from this appointment file.”