Austrian far right activist donation could be linked to Christchurch terrorist

Austrian authorities have searched the home of a far right activist, saying he received a “disproportionately high donation” from a person with the same surname as the accused Christchurch shooter

Stuff (22 March):  Austria says Christchurch mosque shooting suspect visited there

Authorities in Austria say the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman visited the country, but are declining to provide further details.

Interior Ministry spokesman Christoph Poelzl said an investigation by the BVT domestic intelligence agency is continuing, but “a first result from this is that it can now be confirmed the person in question spent time in Austria.”

Some of the suspect’s anti-Muslim views are echoed by Austria’s far-right Identitarian Movement.

Stuff (27 March):  Austrian activist’s home searched over ‘ties’ to Christchurch mosque shooting suspect

Austrian authorities have searched the home of a prominent far-right activist as part of a probe into his ties to the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman.

The head of the white nationalist group Identitarian Movement of Austria said on social media that police searched his apartment on Monday.

Electronic devices were seized after he received a “disproportionately high donation” from a person with the same surname as the accused Christchurch shooter.

Christoph Poelzl, spokesman for Austria’s Interior Ministry, confirmed Tuesday that the country’s domestic intelligence agency BVT searched the premises in Vienna at the request of prosecutors in the city of Graz.

“Any connection between the Christchurch attacker and members of the Identitarians in Austria needs to be comprehensively and ruthlessly investigated,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted, adding that he had spoken to Justice Minister Josef Moser about the issue.

“It is important that the independent justice system can use all necessary means and resources to conduct its investigation together with the security services and expose these networks. There needs to be total clarity about all extremist activities.”

Hansjoerg Bacher, a spokesman for Graz prosecutors, said they had stumbled across the donation as part of an existing probe into possible financial offences by the Austrian nationalist.

“The purpose of the investigation is to examine links between [the nationalist] and the Christchurch attacker,” Bacher told Associated Press.

He declined to confirm when the donation took place, but said it was much higher than other contributions made to the man or his Identitarian Movement.

“Most donations were in the area of two-to-three figures, whereas this donation was in the low four-figure area,” Bacher told AP. “This made it stand out, and the events in New Zealand put a face to this donation.”

“We need to determine whether there is a connection and if so, whether it’s criminally significant,” said Bacher.

The Austrian man denied having anything to do with the March 15 massacre, in which 50 Muslims were killed.

“I had nothing to do with the attack,” he said in a video statement posted on YouTube, adding that he would donate the money to a charity.

It could just be an awkward link to the Christchurch terrorist.

Graz is the second largest city in Austria.

 

3 Comments

  1. could the bloke have given all his money to a like minded individual, knowing he was going to spend the rest of his life in prison?

    I don’t think there is a law against that…

  2. unitedtribes2

     /  27th March 2019

    Bugger. I made a donation to ACT once. Should I leave the country.

  1. Austrian far right activist donation could be linked to Christchurch terrorist — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition