Secret recordings, in which the former FPÖ politician appeared for sale, rocked Austria three years ago. In a TV interview, Strach now explains that he didn’t say “nothing dishonest” in the Ibiza video – and should have remained the party leader.
Austrian politician Heinz-Christian Strache regrets his resignation as head of the right-wing FPÖ party three years after the Ibiza scandal. In a meeting with an alleged niece of a Russian rule on the Spanish island, hidden recordings of which led to the dissolution of the government in Vienna in 2019, the former vice chancellor said “nothing is dishonest.” An interview broadcast on Tuesday evening.
Austrian radio Paul 24 spoke to Strache at the villa in Ibiza, where he fell into the video trap. distance Spiegel and the Southgerman newspaper Posting excerpts of the video In May 2019, Strache retired as a politician. The coalition of the conservative right collapsed. “Resigning was probably my biggest mistake,” Strach said in a television interview. He repeatedly drew the attention of the alleged oligarch’s niece to the laws to be observed.
In the recordings filmed secretly in 2017, then-dissident Strasha spoke with Shirk about donations to party clubs, grants for infrastructure projects, the possibility of investing in a mass circulation newspaper and getting rid of unwanted journalists there. The video led to a series of allegations and investigations, including against politicians from the conservative ÖVP party. Sebastian Kurz resigned as head of government and party last year. Strache was sentenced to probation for bribery in connection with a change in law meaning a friend who was an entrepreneur. The ruling is not yet legally binding. At the beginning of June, Strache again appeared in court over other corruption allegations.