German secret service funded Haider's trip to Iraq: magazine

24th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The German secret service, the BND, paid for a trip by the late Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider to Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2002, the weekly magazine Profil reported Sunday.

The magazine, in its latest edition, said the BND was interested in Haider's contacts in Iraq and used the services of an unidentified Austrian businessman to organise the trip and pay for the flight.

Profil said a member of Haider's far-right Freedom Party or FPOe, Ewald Stadler, and his press spokesman also took part in the trip in May 2002.

According to the magazine, the BND spend "several hundreds of thousands" of euros (dollars) in observing Haider.

Contacted by Profil, the secret service declined to comment on the information.

The Austrian businessman also refused to say anything to the magazine.

Haider was killed in a drunk-driving accident in October 2008 aged 58.

In August, Profil and other Austrian media reported that Haider allegedly deposited 45 million euros (63 million dollars) over the years in secret accounts in Liechtenstein.

According to the reports, the money came from Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein.

© 2010 AFP

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