Ghaith Pharaon sought Hungarian citizenship in 2016

An official document shows that Saudi billionaire Ghaith Pharaon officially requested Hungarian citizenship in February 2016, writes Index. However, the Office of Immigration and Citizenship (BÁH) stated that it had no record of this request in its files.

Pharaon, who was wanted by the American FBI for 25 years for suspicion of financing terrorism and money laundering, gained notoriety when he purchased the land and villa opposite Prime Minister Orbán’s own house in October 2016.

Index notes that Pharaon may have even been granted Hungarian citizenship, although Interior Minister Sándor Pintér declined to discuss the issue further to independent Parliamentary representative Márta Demeter, as Pharaon died in January of this year.