Haider was drunk be­fore fa­tal car crash

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

THE AUS­TRIAN far-right politi­cian who died in a car crash last Satur­day was drunk at the wheel, his spokesman has ad­mit­ted.

Jo­erg Haider was killed af­ter driv­ing his car off the road near Kla­gen­furt in south­ern Aus­tria.

His spokesman Ste­fan Pet­zner con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that the al­co­hol level in Mr Haider’s blood was three times the le­gal limit.

Aus­trian po­lice also con­firmed that the 58-year-old had been driv­ing at twice the speed limit.

Mr Haider was the gov­er­nor of the prov­ince of Carinthia and leader of the Al­liance for the Fu­ture of Aus­tria, a break-away from the Free­dom Party, which he had for­merly led. The two par­ties to­gether gained al­most a third of the votes in the Aus­trian gen­eral elec­tions two weeks ago.

Mr Haider, a pop­ulist anti-im­mi­gra­tion politi­cian who voiced his sym­pa­thy for Nazi poli­cies, had never held a min­is­te­rial po­si­tion at the na­tional level, but when his party was part of the coali­tion in 2000, Is­rael re­called its am­bas­sador from Vi­enna in protest.

Since Mr Haider’s death on Satur­day, the in­ter­net has been awash with con­spir­acy the­o­ries that the Is­raeli Mos­sad in­tel­li­gence agency was tail­ing Mr Haider and was in­volved in his death. Aus­trian po­lice have said there was no sign of foul play.

There were con­cerns that far-right ex­trem­ists would rally at Mr Haider’s fu­neral.

Ariel Muzikant, pres­i­dent of the Aus­trian Jewish Com­mu­nity, told the JC that the “com­mu­nity is not com­ment­ing on Mr Haider’s death”.

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