Tuesday , August 9 2022

Grasser trial: defendants contradict Winkler's witness


The 77th day is in the trial of the former Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser and others have started on Thursday with two unexpected. Deputy deputy leader in the Treasury, accused as a witness, was excused for illness. The witness from Wednesday, former spokesman spokesman and chief Cabinet Matthias Winkler, was rejected by defendants.

Yesterday, Winkler had only great memories of Grasser papers, and he had a close colleague for seven years. Moreover, he has not received a little from the two Causen accused – commissioning on the sale of federal housing (Buwog u.a.) and leasing the Linzer Terminal Tower tax authorities. This caused a clear cause of prominent disturbance in the defendant, Austrian Manager Ex-Telekom, Rudolf Fischer.

At the beginning of the day, Fischer took the floor and did not hear his words. Winkler was not just the press secretary, but the "central hub" in the Ministry of Finance. He could even remember that Winkler had asked him to give a 25,000 euro donation by Telekom for the government's campaign on pension reform.

This is confirmed by Judge Marion Hohenecker immediately after former presidency Peter Hochegger. He could remember that Fischer had told him about Winkler's wish. This allegation is explosive to the extent that Fischer and Hochegger are responsible for, among other things, because there have been no unjustified payments from Telekom to the policy.

The fact that Winkler was not aware of "political landscape management", as he had witnessed on Wednesday as a witness to the truth in the great jury court of the Vienna Straflandesgericht, caused by a glystwy against Fischer. He had already been in some of the main hearings and so he knew that some people in the witness chair would be faced by "selective perception". It does not understand why people can not stand in the witness just tell the truth. "I was tired, you sit there and memory loss suddenly comes in. Mr Winkler is not old," says Fischer.

Immediately afterwards, Hochegger spoke and confirmed Fischer's statements. He had the 25,000 euros being billed. In 2004, the Greens said in the matter, in the query, as he had agreed with Winkler from the front, he had said the truth. In a further query in 2011, he then put out his fake pre-statement. Because the settlement of money had to do on Winkler and not by him, Hochegger said.

Background: Judge Hohenecker had submitted correspondence on Wednesday, according to what scheme the government proposed under the Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (ÖVP) performed with the honorary teachers of an advertising campaign for pension reform. The costs should be paid by companies and interest groups that belong to the state – including Telekom Austria. Winkler said he had no perception.

After the first witness apologized today, Hohenecker started reading question makers RLB-OÖ, Ludwig Scharinger, who is now dead, also accused, but because illness did not appear in the jury courtroom .

In the afternoons, a witness from the former Grasser cabinet will be questioned at the witnesses' stand, next Tuesday he will continue with the witnesses. Then the former Secretary of State Alfred Finz (ÖVP) will be the first to witness.

Source: APA

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