Budapest Police are investigating suspected corrupt activity related to the Csillaghegy Árpád mineral spa that apparently involves previous city government leaders. Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony posted the official notice of the launch of the investigation on his Facebook page, saying that holding leaders accountable for their actions is “not a communcations trick, but hard legal work.”

Police suspect embezzlement around renovation work on the spa, leading to a significant monetary loss. Karácsony wrote that “it’s the same old story: a ‘friendly’ company undertook renovation work for more money than in the contract, and paid out subcontractors who didn’t do any work at all.”

The Mayor added that his office has reported many crimes in the past two years since assuming office, but that he doesn’t have an easy time at it due to the Hungarian justice system refusing to act on suspicious activities connected with the government. [HVG]

By Steven