Austrian prosecutors drop bribery investigation into ex-finance minister

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VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian anti-corruption prosecutors said on Tuesday they had dropped a bribery investigation into former conservative Finance Minister Gernot Bluemel for lack of proof. The investigation was one of many into potential corruption stemming from the so-called Ibiza sting video, in which the then-leader of the far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, was secretly filmed making allegations about corruption in Austria that he later said he did not mean. Many of those investigations continue. The emergence of the footage in 2019 prompted Strache to resign as vice chancell…

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