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Teenage murder victim identified

A body found in Hungary, close to the Austrian border, has been confirmed as that of a missing 16-year-old from Carinthia who was allegedly shot on the night of June 22nd by a friend in Graz.

Teenage murder victim identified
The body was buried near the Austrian border in Szentgotthard-Rabafüzes. Photo: APA/ERWIN SCHERIAU

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Graz, Hans Jörg Bacher, said that fingerprints and external features had matched the identity of the missing teenager, and that there was no doubt that it was the body of Marcel S.

A forensic autopsy revealed that he died after being shot in the head. A bullet was also found, and will be examined by a ballistics team.

Sebastian S, also 16, was arrested after Marcel’s murder in a middle-class area of Graz.

According to media reports he has confessed to the crime and said that he shot Marcel after his friend tried to force him, at gunpoint, to rape a 14-year-old girl with whom they were spending the evening.

The prosecutor's office has said that this “is one version of the events” but have not confirmed any details.

The testimony of the 14-year-old girl will be crucial for the prosecution but she is reportedly severely traumatised and is currently being cared for in a psychiatric clinic – and has so far not been in a fit state for a police interview.

Sebastian’s grandfather has also been arrested for allegedly helping him to bury the body and to cover up the crime.

 

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Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Austria said Friday that it was investigating a report that an Austrian company developed spyware targeting law firms, banks and consultancies in at least three countries.

Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Microsoft’s security team earlier this week said it found that a malware called Subzero — developed by Vienna-based company DSIRF — was deployed in 2021 and 2022.

“Observed victims to date include law firms, banks and strategic consultancies in countries such as Austria, the United Kingdom and Panama,” it wrote in a blog entry on Wednesday.

Austria’s interior ministry said it had not received reports of any incidents.

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“Of course, (intelligence agency) DSN checks the allegations. So far, there is no proof of the use of spy software from the company mentioned,” it said in a statement.

Austria’s Kurier newspaper cited DSIRF as saying that Subzero had not been misused and “was developed exclusively for use by authorities in EU states” and was not commercially available.

DSIRF did not immediately return a request for comment from AFP.

Austria’s interior ministry said it knew of the company but “has not had any business relationships” with it.

Last year several media outlets reported that governments around the world, including in the EU, had used Pegasus spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to spy on opponents.

Budapest and Warsaw responded that the use of Pegasus was for legitimate national security reasons.

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