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Austria Indicts Former Finance Minister for Corruption

  • Charges follow 7-year investigation of property sale
  • Karl-Heinz Grasser’s lawyer says the charges are baseless
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Austria indicted a former finance minister and 15 other people for corruption linked to a 2.45 billion euro ($2.7 billion) sale of state assets.

Karl-Heinz Grasser, 47, and the others will face charges of corruption following a seven-year investigation into 55 people, the Justice Ministry’s office for prosecuting white-collar crimes said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. Grasser’s lawyer, Manfred Ainedter, told Austrian public TV station ORF that the charges are baseless.