The reason for the offensive: The Chancellor complains about “dirty campaigning” through the online medium Zackzack by ex-politician Peter Pilz.
Specifically should Zackzack-Editor-in-chief Thomas Walach tried to accuse Kurz with a statement at the WKStA of a hidden gift acceptance in the form of a holiday invitation in Gaby Spiegelfeld’s finca in Mallorca. To prove the inaccuracy, Kurz presented a statement, according to which he stayed in the hotel and not in the finca of supporter Spiegelfeld.
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The course of events: Almost three weeks ago, just shortly after the house search at Finance Minister Gernot Blümel’s, at Spiegelfeld, Walach made a rectangle about her breakfast invitations, where Kurz met with top managers in the country during the 2017 election campaign.
Ex-Novomatic boss Harald Neumann is said to have been among them. Walach then posted this article on the WKStA’s whistleblower website.
Two days later he was summoned to give testimony by the WKStA. At this date, according to the version from the Federal Chancellery, Walach is said to have learned from Spiegelfeld that Kurz spent a holiday in her finca for free in 2018.
Only when asked by the WKStA, Walach is said to have admitted that this information did not come from Spiegelfeld, but from another informant whom he could not name. “I didn’t even visit her on Mallorca back then, not even for a coffee,” says Kurz.
And Wallach thinks of the allegations that this is “Kurz’s interpretation”. He had only given the WKStA for the record that Kurz had “been a guest” at Spiegelfeld, and he did not know whether the Chancellor had stayed there as well.
Spiegelfeld himself had his say in the Ibiza U Committee today. The very first question from SPÖ parliamentary group leader Jan Krainer focused on Mallorca. She made it clear: “Sebastian Kurz never went for coffee with me in Mallorca. In contrast, the family of Helmut Brandstätter (now Neos MP; note) did.” He also did not stay with her in the finca.
During the 2017 election campaign, she organized expert rounds for Kurz, where businesspeople, managers, artists and doctors were given the opportunity to discuss with Kurz. “Donations were not an issue at these events,” said Spiegelfeld.
However, Spiegelfeld does not know who paid for these invitations. When asked by Neos parliamentary group leader Stephanie Krisper, Spiegelfeld replied: “I don’t know who paid the costs. I was responsible for the organization.”
SPÖ mandate Jan Krainer then wanted to know what was being served at the “non-donation breakfast” in the Hotel Sacher. – “Coffee and croissants.” And who paid that? Sacher boss Matthias Winkler assumed these costs, said Spiegelfeld.
For almost 15 minutes, the trial judge argued whether Gaby Spiegelfeld had to answer the question whether Sebastian Kurz was a guest at private invitations in her own home in Vienna. Spiegelfeld thinks this question violates your privacy. The trial judge was of the opinion that the question was too vague. They then agreed on the following formulation:
“Did you invite the public official Sebastian Kurz in a private setting?” Asks Krainer. – “Yes.” – “When and how often?” Asks Krainer. – “I can’t say whether it’s 2016 or 2017,” says Spiegelfeld. – “After 2017 too?” – “I can no longer assign the time,” says Spiegelfeld. – “How often has he been your guest?” Inquires Krainer. – “Two or three times.” – “Always in Vienna?” – “Yes.”