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Austrian supreme court judge in legal dispute with right-wing party

Published 05/10/2016

The Freedom Party has said the claims are damaging its image
The Freedom Party has said the claims are damaging its image

An Austrian supreme court justice has rejected a powerful right-wing party's demand that he stop repeating a claim which the party claims is harming its image.

The Freedom Party wants Johannes Schnitzer to stop saying that it had prepared a legal challenge to results of presidential elections long before announcing it was doing so.

Judge Schnitzer's lawyer said he would not meet the demand.

The court called for a re-run over Freedom Party claims of widespread irregularities after party candidate Norbert Hofer was narrowly beaten in May.

The Freedom Party submitted its objections within a week - a time-frame judge Schnitzer said was insufficient to prepare its complex legal challenge.

The re-run vote will be held December 4. It was rescheduled from this month because envelopes for absentee ballots were faulty.

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