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The former European Parliament member Ernst Strasser has been charged with corruption after British media exposed his dealings last year, prosecutors announced today (Thursday) in Vienna.
On 20 March 2011 the British newspaper the Sunday Times reported that three MEPs had accepted bribes in exchange for proposing changes to the European parliament. Ernst Strasser, who had previously held the position of Minister for the Interior in Austria and been part of the Austrian People’s Party, was amongst those accused.
Strasser, a former conservative interior minister, has been implicated in the so-called "cash-for-amendment" scandal along with other EU parliamentarians from Romania and Slovenia.
Undercover reporters of the British Sunday Times had posed as lobbyists and had taped Strasser as he demanded 100,000 euros (124,000 dollars) for amending draft legislation of the European Union.
Strasser could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years if convicted.
His lawyer said Thursday that Strasser denies the charges. The former politician has argued that he knew that the reporters were not real lobbyists and that he talked to them in an effort to find out their real background.
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Charity seeks funds to restore Jewish cemetery
SAFIKG â€“ the Society of American Friends of the Jewish Community Vienna was formed as a U.S. registered charity to allow it to support the IKG (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien) with tax deductible American contributions.
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