Austrian supreme court judge in legal dispute with right-wing party
Published 05/10/2016 | 13:06
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.