(26 January 1950 – 11 October 2008)
As we reported elsewhere, there are strong indications that Austrian politician Jorge Haider may have been assassinated and a car "accident" effectively used to cover the crime; in much the same way Princess Diana met her end.
Now a reader informs us that Austrian authorities are going to some considerable lengths to cover the crime and effectively blacken Haider's name.
They have to, particularly after an estimated 25,000 mourners turned up at his funeral in Klagenfurt, the capital of the Austrian province of Carinthia where he was governor for more than a decade. If they don't Haider may become an icon.
So for a start, the Austrian authorities are changing their story about the circumstances leading up to his death. Now they are saying Haider drank a bottle to vodka before he left on his fatal trip, instead of the vast quantities of Italian white wine, as they originally claimed.
There are now also allegations that he fondled a man at the gay bar, for which the police have now kindly provided a picture of Haider simply in a bar to help substantiate those claims.
Moreover, the mainstream media is now reporting that Haider's driver, Friedrich Schager was sent home after the magazine launch at the nightclub. This is in contrast to earlier reports that claimed Haider dropped him off at home.
Perhaps more significantly, in the immediate aftermath of his death party deputy Stefan Petzner said Haider was "drunk" when he crashed.
This was before any formal investigation into Haider's death and before police had even completed their investigations.
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