Grasser was in Asia, not Switzerland says FORMAT

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By Rob Hyde Although Grasser claims he received 500,000 Euros in cash from his mother-in-law in Switzerland, he had flown with AUA to the Far East at the time, says FORMAT magazine. Its article says former finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser was in Nepal and Peking in the same period he says he was in Switzerland. […]

No Buwog compensation hearing till Autumn


By Rob Hyde in Vienna Former Immofinanz director Kark Petrikovics and ex-lobbyist Peter Hochegger are set to appear in court in a row over illegal commissions from the sale of state owned properties. The hearing, centred around the alleged commissions received of 9.9 million Euro paid during the privatisation of construction giant, Buwog, are now […]

Gorbach exposed as hunting trip participant


Former Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) Vice Chancellor Hubert Gorbach attended several hunting trips of a weapon industry and telecommunication technology lobbyist, according to leaked documents. Magazine News reports today (Thurs) that Gorbach took part in the hunting outings organised by Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly. The lobbyist is married to ex-People’s Party (ÖVP) General Secretary […]

British windfall for BAE bribery suspect


An Austrian lobbyist who complained about not being given a comb and “decent” underwear in British custody has received nearly half a million Euros for his six-day detention in London.Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly’s lawyer Harald Schuster announced today (Thurs) British authorities decided to compensate his client with 430,000 Euros. The entrepreneur and lobbyist was arrested and kept […]