The Austrian parliament tonight lifted the immunity of former Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz, who resigned in October after his name was implicated in a corruption scandal.
Kurtz, 35, was the target of an investigation, but despite his resignation as chancellor, he was not prosecuted for his immunity as a member of parliament and leader of the Conservative People’s Party VP parliamentary group.
Kurtz himself had stated that he wanted the parliamentary immunity to be lifted so that the investigation could continue and that he wanted to remove the accusations – which he said were wrong – that cost the chancellor.
The scandal erupted in October, when the chancellor and the Ministry of Finance were investigated, as part of the investigation of a case of misuse of public funds, between 2016-2018, by associates of the former chancellor. The aim was to fund fabricated polls and promote Kurtz positively in the media of the powerful Austrian group Österreich.
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