Austria Ex-Vice Chancellor’s Home Raided In Graft Probe

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The home of Austria’s former vice-chancellor has been raided in a corruption probe, reports said, in a further potential headache for ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz as he seeks re-election.

Heinz-Christian Strache’s house was raided Monday as part of a bribery investigation into the appointment of a far-right party official to a high-ranking position at Casinos Austria (Casag), according to media reports.

Mr Strache stepped down as vice chancellor and leader of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) in May over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” affair, which also ended up bringing down Mr Kurz and his coalition government.

Monday’s raid was not related to that scandal, but it could further hurt Kurz’s People’s Party (OeVP) in the 29 September polls.

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