Former Austrian justice minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner, herself a judge, is also deputy director of a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna for fostering inter-religious dialogue.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the Austrian judiciary may be considering disciplinary action against Bandion-Ortner for comments she made in an interview with Profil magazine, in which she dismissed criticism of Saudi Arabia's egregious record of judicial executions as "nonsense."

A spokesperson for the Justice Ministry, Dagmar Albegger, told Bloomberg that Bandion-Ortner "may have violated her obligations as a member of the judiciary with [her] comments."

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