Vienna / Ischgl (Austria) – The corona death of her partner Rudi Lempik († 52) after a vacation in Austria’s ski hotspot Ischgl (Tyrol) was the most violent experience of her life for Dörte Sittig (56) – today, she is allegedly fighting the alleged before the regional court in Vienna Authorities – and demands 44,000 euros in compensation for pain and suffering.
But the real goal, according to Dörte Sittig, is not money: “That can only be symbolic,” she said at BILDlive. “There is nothing that can replace a person. With the process I want to ensure that Austria accepts mistakes. “
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At 10 a.m. today, Friday, the first damages lawsuit against the Republic of Austria, which rejects any guilt, begins. Among the 6,000 victims, 4,000 are Germans. It is considered unlikely that a judgment will be made on Friday. More lawsuits will be heard soon.
The widow of an Austrian journalist is demanding 101,881.77 euros for the death of her husband, who, despite indications of a wave of infections, traveled without warning to the “ground zero” of the European corona crisis on March 7, 2020, became infected and died miserably from the virus .
Judge Catrin Aigner gave the widow hope on Friday: “The first appearance speaks for causality,” she said about the common source of infection of more than 10,000 vacationers in the Paznaun Valley.
Gettest positive on return
Dörte Sittig’s husband Rudi also traveled to Ischgl on this March day, and he too will get into the departure chaos on March 13 after the hasty evacuation announcement by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (35). “I didn’t want it to drive in the eleventh calendar week (March 9th to 15th, editor), as is the case every year,” remembers the Bremen interior designer Dörte Sittig. “I had a bad feeling.”
But her husband, a truck repair shop and senator of the Cologne carnival society “Löstige Paulaner”, reassures her, was not worried even when the whole tour group tested positive after returning home. On April 16, he died of kidney failure with bleeding lungs: “The doctors had tried everything,” says Dörte Sittig.
Together with the consumer protection association, she accuses politicians and tourism officials of not having caused the ski circus of 27 people much earlier for economic reasons and the death of over 10,000 tourists across Europe.
In fact, there were first reports of infections between March 7 and 13, 2020 – but the ski circus in Austria continued.
The Innsbruck public prosecutor is currently examining whether there could be criminal investigations against the mayor of Ischgl and the governor of Tyrol.
Amicable solution and settlement negotiations rejected
On Friday afternoon it became known that Austria had rejected a friendly solution and settlement negotiations. The republic is of the opinion that the government and authorities with the knowledge of the virus at the time are correct and that the lawsuit is therefore unfounded.