Former Austrian vice chancellor Strache acquitted in corruption case

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The former head of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, was acquitted on Friday of a charge of corruption relating to donations to an association linked to the far-right party. A Vienna court ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond doubt. Strache, 53, had been accused of assisting a business associate secure a position on a company supervisory board. The judge described the actions of the businessman as “improper” but said it could not be shown that Strache had known of the donation, The businessman, who also faced charges, was also acquitted. Str…

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