No investigation after reports filed about gift of flat

There will be no criminal investigation into the gift of a flat to Alexander Pechtold as a consequence of the over 200 reports filed against him in this matter. After a preliminary investigation, the procurator general of the Supreme Court concluded that there were no facts or circumstances which aroused suspicion of an offence involving abuse of office. The Public Prosecution Service also considered other criminal acts mentioned in the reports. After having studied the documents, the Public Prosecution Service concluded that there is no suspicion that an offence has been committed. 

Earlier this year, over 200 people filed reports against Mr Pechtold with the Ministry of Justice and Security as well as the Public Prosecution Service. These reports were related to the gift of a flat to Pechtold by a friend of his, a former Canadian diplomat. Among other things, the reports accused Member of Parliament Pechtold of involvement in bribery of a government official, which is an offence involving abuse of office. In early April, the Ministry of Justice and Security referred the case to the procurator general of the Supreme Court. This procedure was in keeping with the protocol on handling reports of offences involving abuse of office by members of government or parliament.

After his investigation, the procurator general of the Supreme Court concluded that there are no facts or circumstances that could objectively speaking raise serious suspicion that Mr Pechtold accepted the flat while knowing or suspecting that this gift was an attempt to influence him as a Member of Parliament. As a result, the procurator general sees no serious reasons to launch a criminal investigation. The Minister of Justice and Security informed those involved of this decision today.

In case of offences involving abuse of office, the Public Prosecution Service is not authorised to judge the reports filed. However, the Public Prosecution Service did evaluate the other facts mentioned in the reports, namely forgery of documents and tax evasion. After having studied the documents, the Public Prosecution Service concluded that there is no suspicion of an offence having been committed. There are no reasons to conduct a criminal investigation. The Public Prosecution Service informed those involved of this decision.

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