21. 08. 12. - 16:07
Strache could face charges over Facebook cartoon
The public prosecutor in Austria is investigating after politician Heinz-Christian-Strache posted a cartoon on his Facebook page which has been branded anti-Semitic.
Strache, from the Freedom party (FPÖ) posted the cartoon which appears to show a banker, with a crooked nose and wearing Star of David cufflinks, sitting down for a meal.
The ‘fat’ banker is being fed by a government official while an emancipated looking man looks on.
Jewish leaders and fellow politicians have branded the cartoon as being anti-Semitic, something which Strache denies.
Strache claims the image is not anti Semitic and does not feature the Star of David.
The prosecutor will now decide whether Strache will face charges of incitement to religious or ethnic hatred.
Meanwhile a Vienna-based lawyer has threatened to file charges against the FPÖ for incitement to hatred as well as for Holocaust denial.
Both are a criminal offence.