Investigations in Causa Commerzialbank are ongoing
Posted On March 14, 2021
In the case of Commerzialbank Mattersburg, the investigations of the Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) are ongoing. There are currently 28 accused, emphasized a spokeswoman for the WKStA to the APA. These are 18 people and ten associations, as the “Kurier” recently reported. Among other things, serious commercial fraud, breach of trust, fraudulent crime and money laundering are investigated. The end of the process cannot be foreseen.
The number of accused had “increased continuously”, it said on the part of the WKStA. A prognosis about the duration of the proceedings would be “dubious” at this point in time. It is known to date that ex-bank boss Martin Pucher and the former bank manager Franziska Klikovits are listed as suspects. In addition, financial criminal proceedings pending in Eisenstadt against the former third deputy chairman of the supervisory board, Ernst Zimmermann, were included in the main proceedings.
Three employees of the Financial Market Authority (FMA) are also being investigated. In the investigation committee, Christian Illedits, who resigned in the course of the case, and Ingrid Salamon (both SPÖ), mayor of Zemendorf, a representative of the insolvent Florianihof Hotel in Mattersburg and a presumed envelope carrier from Pucher, also stated that being investigated against them. It is the presumption of innocence.
After the last surveys at the end of February, work in the U Committee is not quite over. On March 24th there is an internal working meeting in which the outstanding minutes of the interviews will be presented. Judge Walter Pilgermair is meanwhile working on his final report, which should be ready by the beginning of April.
In addition to his report, there is also likely to be one of the three opposition parties, the ÖVP, the FPÖ and the Greens. As FPÖ state party chairman Alexander Petschnig announced, the three parliamentary groups that have requested the U Committee want to present their respective findings in a joint report. The SPÖ is not planning its own report. One sees no reason to doubt the final report of the trial judge, it said from the state parliament club.