agent. Seventeen months at the heart of the VGT
and Prosecution give false evidence in Court. Seventeen months active within
VGT: Undercover infiltration unlawfully carried out
recently been made public that a police special unit undercover agent was
in place at the very heart of the VGT from April 2007 until September 2008.
In the trial proceedings up until now police have always denied this was
the case and have blocked access for the defence to these files. But now,
due to proof of the existence of an undercover agent presented by the VGT,
police have confirmed that this was the case, but claim that it was a measure
to prevent crimes taking place and therefore not subject to authorisation.
The VGT strongly refutes this.
Theuer, human rights expert form the University of Vienna: “Undercover
investigations for the prevention of crime are only possible under the security
police law (SPG). Undercover investigating under this law consists only
of the gathering of information. Infiltration and active participation,
as was the case with the undercover agent 'Danielle Durand' within the VGT,
is not permissible. And in any case, undercover information gathering necessitates
a warrant, which the police did not have. In addition, the use of the security
police law in this case is inappropriate due to the fact that clear suspects
had already been identified.”
of VGT Dr Martin Balluch: “The police are obviously trying desperately
to hush up their methods of investigation. And when this is no longer possible
they come up with crime prevention excuses. The judge has now summoned the
undercover agent to the witness box. This will be the end of the case because
this spy knows first hand that there is no criminal organisation connected
with the VGT. If she had discovered anything criminal, it would have surfaced
in the prosecution files long ago.”
defence and VGT have announced that they will bring charges against the
special unit and the prosecution for giving false evidence before the court:
28th July 2010 the head of the special unit Erich Zwettler told the court
that the undercover investigation had produced no results and was discontinued
o In addition, the special unit's Bettina Bogner on 8th April and on 22nd
July and Josef Böck on 28th July claimed in court that the undercover
investigation had failed due to the conspirative behaviour of people with
o And prosecutor Wolfgang Handler told the court on 22th July that the undercover
agent had been suspended since 1st January 2008.
police admit that the undercover investigation continued until the end of
undercover agent 'Danielle Durand' will testify in court on the 13th December,
albeit not in front of the viewing public.
aspect of this spy story could also have legal consequences for the special
28th July head of the special unit Erich Zwettler told the court that there
had been no undercover investigation outside of Austria.
points out however, that there is proof that the agent 'Danielle Durant'
travelled to and participated in an international animal rights gathering
that lasted several days and took place in Holland and an Animal Liberation
Workshop in Switzerland. “When this assignment abroad was not arranged
with the Dutch and Swiss authorities, which, from Erich Zwettler's testimony
was the case, then international laws have also been contravened”
explained defence lawyer in the animal protection trial Stefan Traxler.