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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Jail for corrupt Lobbyist

Not alas the UK, whose pin-striped crims are immune from any action by Cameron's crookedly complicit administration, but little Austria again. Political lobbyist Peter Hochenegger was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, ex BZÖ party deputy Klaus Wittnauer to 24 months plus 4 suspended, recruiter Kurt S. got five months in prison, plus 25 months probation, and the former spokesman of Gastinger, Christoph Pöchinger, will serve eight months plus 16 month suspended.

At the heart of the scandal was EU funding paid to Bulgaria; Hochegger and his crew helped Bulgarian politicians from both the Bulgarian Socialist Party BSP and the centre-right ruling GERB party cream off some €1.5m of EU funds in contracts, €960k of which was then paid in bribes to the Austrian BZÖ.

The Bulgarians have yet to put their politicians on trial. 

Hochegger will be in good company in Austria's grim prison system; the place is filling up with bent bankers and members of the political class. In UK prisons, the lags learn new ways to break into cars; perhaps in Austria the equivalent skill will be off-shore money laundering.


Anonymous said...

In Britain, I cannot help but deem that now - our system is so corrupted, our institutions riddled with men and women 'on the take' who are unable to perceive the difference betwixt right and wrong, to expect any of them to be called to account, would seem to be a rather extravagant hope.

Knowing the political elite is complicit, I also firmly believe, this festering canker extends to the judiciary and police service.

"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7

Anonymous said...

How long before we hear/read of the first person to 'off' a bureaucrat for ruining their lives?

...and then bemoan the fact it wasn't a politician?

Johnm said...

What do you expect?
The system of governance in this country has evolved into the comprehensive support system for the higher classes that it now is.
After all, even the Queen has to get permission to enter the square mile!

"The City is not a part of England, just as Washington is not a part of the USA. The City is referred to as the wealthiest square mile on earth and is presided over by a Lord Mayor who is appointed annually. When the Queen wishes to conduct business within the City, she is met by the Lord Mayor at Temple (Templar) Bar where she requests permission to enter this private, sovereign state. She then proceeds into the City walking several paces behind the Mayor. Her entourage may not be clothed in anything other than service uniforms"