Man shoots ‘love rival’ in castle car park

A 53-year-old man was shot and killed as he sat in his parked car on Sunday in what is thought to have been a crime of passion that took place in front of Mageregg Castle in Carinthia.

Man shoots 'love rival' in castle car park
The suspect is thought to be armed and dangerous. Photo: APA/LANDESPOLIZEIDIREKTION KÄRNTEN

Police have said the 50-year-old suspect is armed and dangerous. He shot the victim, believed to have been a love rival, as he sat in the driver seat of his BMW. The dead man’s girlfriend was allegedly a witness, according to a report in the Kronen Zeitung.

The victim died after being shot in the head and by the time a doctor arrived on the scene it was too late to save him.

Police spokesman Rainer Dionisio said the fugitive may have stolen a white Suzuki Splash car with a Klagenfurt number plate.

"The police investigation is focused on the districts of Klagenfurt Land, Feldkirchen and the city of Klagenfurt," Dionisio said.

Police are asking anyone with relevant information to contact them.

The body was found in a black BMW X3, in the castle car park. Police believe the victim was shot at around 3.20pm and that at least two shots were fired.

Witnesses called emergency services. The suspect’s house in Feldkirchen was immediately searched by armed police and his car – a silver BMW X3 in which he fled the crime scene – was found in Moosburg.

Despite a large scale search, which included the use of a police helicopter, the 50-year-old remains on the loose. 

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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.