Austria: Haider allegedly financed by Gadhafi, Hussein
Austrian authorities are investigating the authenticity of a diary reportedly containing details about alleged money flows between the country's late far-right politician Joerg Haider and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as with Saddam Hussein and his sons.
Haider — who died in a car crash in 2008 — was the head of the far-right Freedom Party before breaking away to form the less successful Alliance for the Future of Austria five years ago.
According to an advance copy of the Falter article, the diary mentions a euro45 million transfer from Gadhafi, as well as more than euro10 million ($13.3 million) that unidentified individuals brought home from Iraq.
It also references an anonymous Haider confidant who supposedly brought a suitcase filled with euro5 million ($6.6 million) from Switzerland to the German city of Munich for investment purposes. According to the diary, the money came from a Swiss account belonging to the dead sons of Saddam Hussein.