Short confidante Gerald Fleischmann is no longer a media officer – and also on vacation like the previous Chancellor spokesman Johannes Frischmann.

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Short, Fleischmann (second) and Frischmann (third) will be determined – also against Bonelli (fourth), but in a different case.

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Von Serdar Sahin

Vienna – “I’m one of your Praetorians who doesn’t cause problems, but rather solves them.” Thomas Schmid, then Secretary General in the Ministry of Finance, wrote this to the then Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in 2016, as can be seen from the order for the house search. The corruption scandal now also has consequences for the “guardsmen” of the ex-chancellor.

Gerald Fleischmann, accused in the current proceedings and long-time companion of Kurz, is no longer a media officer in the Chancellery. He’s going on vacation for the time being, it was said yesterday. What he’ll do when he’s back is still unclear. From ÖVP circles it was said that this had to be clarified with the coalition partner. The Greens were surprised because they didn’t know about it yesterday. In any case, Fleischmann’s post will be taken over by Shilten Palathunkal.

It is noteworthy that the Styrian Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer (ÖVP) apparently does not know who Fleischmann – one of Kurz’s most important advisors – is. “I know the goa net. I think that’s the redhead, “said Schützenhöfer yesterday in Ö1.

It is also determined against Johannes Frischmann, previously Kurz’s spokesman. Frischmann is the one who wrote to Schmid: “I remain loyal. I am part of the small orchestra on the Titanic that played until shortly before the sinking. ”Frischmann is also on vacation now. It is possible that he will move to Kurz afterwards. Kurz advisor Stefan Steiner (also accused) remains according to the APA in the party headquarters.

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Bernhard Bonelli, accused in another case, is still head of the cabinet – now for the new Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP).

The corruption scandal is about well-done surveys, ordered reporting in a tabloid in return for advertisements. These advertisements are said to have been paid for by the Ministry of Finance, i.e. the taxpayer, by means of bogus bills.

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