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Charges against Kunsthalle Wien director Gerald Matt dropped

Charges against former Kunsthalle Wien director Gerald Matt have been dropped by the Austrian authorities. Matt, who left the museum in January 2012, was accused of offering Austrian citizenship to foreigners who made significant donations to the kunsthalle. A statement from the prosecutors to Der Standard said that 'Taking into consideration all the results of the investigation, we could not find a conscious abuse of power based on an intent to harm.' Charges have also been dropped against Matt's former colleagues, Thomas Häusle, Siegfried Menz, and Bettina Leidl. 

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