picture of József Czibere

The Mátészalka District Court has found the mayor of Tyukod, József Czibere (pictured), guilty of indecency and committing bodily harm, reported RTL Híradó.

It was previously reproted that the mayor had harassed and threatened his staff for months. The town registrar, Pálma Németh-Kiss, reported him more than four years ago, saying the mayor had fondled her.

The investigation lasted for months but was eventually closed for lack of evidence. However, the prosecutor’s office found that the police had made a error. The case then went to court, where József Czibere denied all the charges against him.

The court finally found the mayor guilty, and was fined 300,000 Ft. (US $938). Pálma Németh-Kiss said she had expected a more severe punishment, and felt that József Czibere, who stayed away from the sentencing, was unworthy of the post of town mayor.

According to László Helmeczy, the victim’s lawyer, the verdict is disproportionate to the act that was committed. The verdict is not final, and counsel has already appealed the decision.

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.