Charges made against Austrian State Officials by Peter Pilz of the Austrian
scandal surrounding ten Austrian animal rights advocates detained in remand
prison, Austrian Green Party security spokesman and leader of the parliament
select committee on internal affairs, pressed today for criminal charges
against two police investigators, a state prosecutor and two remand judges,
who all stand now accused of abuse of authority, defamation and libel, illegal
arrest and damage of property.
time crime emerged from the other side of the bar!" stated Dr. Peter
Pilz, who has been one the first Austrian politicians criticising the flawed
accusations under the criminal code paragraph 278a against the animal advocates,
and he stated that the requirements to apply this paragraph were not given
in that case.
the observations of the detainees prior to their arrest multiple violations
of the existing laws were committed by the state investigators, such as
the illegal installation of hidden positioning devices on cars, and concerning
several of the permissions granted by the judges. Evidence supporting police
suspicion, as required by law, was either not substantiated or not even
provided by the public prosecution.
investigator subjected an animal protectionist officially to suspicion of
a severe crime and to secret observation intrusions just because it was
said that the person had expressed disapproving comments and forwarded a
similar text of an official press statement by the Alternative Youth group
of the Green Party. The police officer thereby seriously infringed this
person's basic and constitutional right to free speech and the freedom to
not be persecuted for criminal charges without reason, as set out in the
law stated Pilz.
it is an extraordinary step to press charges against remand judges or a
state prosecutor, the parliamentarian justified his intervention with the
abhorrent negligence apparent in this case, which demands the prosecution
of these state officials. In addition Dr. Pilz insisted that non-governmental
organisations as well as civil society must be protected from such police
officers and judges colluding in an affair which bears the political stamp
of the ÖVP (Austrian Conservative Party).