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Suspended jail term for Austria ex far-right chief

Ibizagate scandal led to Strache resigning as vice-chancellor

27 August, 16:39
(ANSA-AFP) - VIENNA, AUG 27 - A Vienna court convicted the former leader of Austria's far-right Heinz-Christian Strache of a corruption charge on Friday in a case stemming from a 2019 scandal known as "Ibizagate". Strache, one of Europe's most high-profile former far-right leaders, was given a 15-month suspended jail sentence. The Ibizagate scandal led to Strache resigning as vice-chancellor and head of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe). The affair brought down the coalition between the FPOe and the centre-right People's Party (OeVP) of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and triggered fresh elections in the Alpine EU member. The scandal broke when video footage emerged of Strache promising public contracts to a woman posing as a Russian oligarch's niece in exchange for support for the FPOe's 2017 election campaign. The video, which was secretly filmed on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza, led to a sprawling investigation by anti-corruption prosecutors who turned up several other allegations of wrongdoing against Strache and other prominent politicians. (ANSA-AFP).

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