Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) leader HC Strache has formally laid criminal charges against the socialist and conservative coalition government for the criminal act of “state commissioned people smuggling.”
The charge pointed out that the police were arresting “ordinary” people smugglers for the crime of taking large numbers of illegal immigrants over national borders without papers or clearance in violation of all immigration rules and procedures—and that this was exactly what the Austrian government was now doing in facilitating the mass transfer of illegal immigrants from the Austrian border to Germany.
The Austrian government has provided taxpayer-funded shelters, buses, and trains in order to move hundreds of thousands of “refugees” from the Slovenian-Austrian border up to Germany, effectively taking over the role of people smugglers, but this time with official state backing, the charges added.
This was made worse, he added, because according to his information, at least 300,000 people had already crossed the Austrian border. “But,” he said, “no one really knows how many there are for sure, because none of them have been registered.”
Chancellor Werner Faymann (from the Socialist Party of Austria, SPÖ), Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (from the Austrian Peoples’ Party, ÖVP), Defense Minister Gerald Klug (SPÖ), and the heads of the Austrian Federal Train service (ÖBB) have all been named as respondents in the FPÖ suit.
Strache made the announcement during an appearance on the Austrian TV service (ORF) news show, Pressestunde which had been themed to debate the “refugee crisis.”
The FPÖ leader said that the government was not capable of protecting Austria’s constitution, and that the chancellor had behaved “just like a people smuggler” by dragging in the “immigrants.”
He added that the Austrian armed forces—police and military—were now so overstretched that they were not able to fulfil their prime function, that of defending Austria at any level. Furthermore, he said, the European Union had proved to be a complete failure.
Finally, he said, Austrian interior ministry figures showed that of the 67,000 asylum applications made in that country this year, only 30 percent had claimed to be Syrians. This meant that at least 70 percent were from countries in which there was no war at all, and, “strictly according to the Geneva Refugee Convention, war is actually not even grounds for asylum.”