After publication of ibiza video: strache files charges

At the sites of "Spiegel" and "Suddeutsche Zeitung" ex-FPo leader Strache wants to go to court. Public prosecutors are now investigating the suspicions.

First in Ibiza, soon perhaps in court: Heinz-Christian Strache Photo: reuters

Former FPo leader Heinz-Christian Strache has filed charges in Germany in the case of the secretly filmed "Ibiza video." As the Munich I public prosecutor’s office confirmed to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, written charges have now been filed against all persons "who are jointly responsible for the production, distribution and publication of the so-called Ibiza video."

The public prosecutor’s office is now investigating the suspicion. These are said to be the criminal offenses of "making accessible images that are likely to significantly damage the reputation of the person depicted" and "making accessible highly personal images.

The Hamburg public prosecutor’s office also confirmed receipt of a complaint against persons allegedly involved in the production and distribution of the video. At first, the Austrian daily Der Standard had reported on Strache’s ads.

Strache’s Austrian lawyer Johann Pauer confirmed to dpa that criminal charges had been filed against unknown persons in Munich and Hamburg. "These criminal motions are also being filed in an effort to determine the backgrounds, participants and possible clients of the video production and distribution," it said. According to the statement, the criminal applications in Germany were filed by a lawyer from Cologne.

Strache has already filed charges in Austria

Strache had to resign from his political posts after the publication of the "Ibiza video" by Spiegel and Suddeutsche Zeitung; moreover, the entire right-wing conservative government in Austria broke up. Strache can be seen on the secretly filmed video talking about possible forms of political influence with a supposed Russian investor. The video was recorded in Ibiza in the summer of 2017.

A few days ago, Strache had already filed charges in Vienna against three people who are alleged to have been directly involved in the creation of the video and the entire trap on the Spanish island. The individuals, described in a statement by Strache’s Austrian lawyer as "possible accomplices," were accused in the complaint of deception, forgery of documents, misuse of sound and wiretapping devices, and suspected data processing with intent to profit and harm.

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