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Did the Austrian Chancellor tell the untruth shortly before the commission of inquiry into the Ibiza affair? The country’s judiciary is investigating possible false statements.

Vienna (dpa) – The Austrian judiciary is investigating Chancellor Sebastian Kurz over possible false statements to the parliament’s committee of inquiry on Ibiza. The government leader of the conservative ÖVP announced this on Wednesday.

The spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office on business and corruption confirmed the investigation to the German news agency.

Various reports have been received about this, including from the liberal Neos party, the spokesman said. The Ibiza Commission of Inquiry highlights the alleged postal haggling and the possible influence of party donations on political decisions at the time of the government of the ÖVP and the right-wing FPÖ (December 2017 to May 2019).

According to the ad from Neos, who received the DPA, the Chancellor and his Chief of Staff in the committee denied that political agreements had been made on the appointment of short confidant Thomas Schmid as head of the state holding ÖBAG. However, according to the Neos, the prosecution has chat logs that prove otherwise.

The investigation is pending both against Kurz and his private secretary. The Chancellor said he had always tried to answer questions in Parliament truthfully. He criticized the fact that the inquiry commission was trying to change words and “somehow force people to make a false statement”.

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