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Four criminal cases have been launched in connection with investigation into City Hall affair

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Interior Minister Sándor Pintér has acknowledged that fraud, bribery, abuse of office, and misappropriation are being investigated in the City Hall affair.

Dialogue MP Olivio Kocsis-Cake inquired at the ministry after investigators had conducted a search of the Budapest City Council building and at the capital’s asset management company in mid-December as part of the investigation.

In a written reply, Minister Pintér told the opposition politician that “the Police are carrying out their work in full compliance with the relevant legislation and will be obliged to take action if charges are filed.”

Pintér revealed that a total of fourteen complaints had been received in connection with the so-called City Hall affair. He expressed suspicions of fraud, profiteering through influence, bribery, acceptance of bribes, abuse of office, and misappropriation, from which four criminal proceedings are now pending.

However, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony and prime ministerial candidate for the united opposition Péter Márki-Zay feel the entire investigation is a sham.

The police occupied City Hall in the course of an investigation based on fabricated false evidence, with the aim of diverting attention away from issues uncomfortable for the government.

-stated the opposition politicians. What the police should be investigating, they said, is the area around Viktor Orbán.


Dialogue calls for immediate Parliamentary action over Völner

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Opposition party Dialogue has called for the Parliamentary Immunity Committee to convene over the case of Pál Völner, who resigned as State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday.

Olivio Kocsis-Cake, deputy chair of the party (pictured), highlighted in an online press conference on Wednesday that Pál Völner resigned only as deputy minister and state secretary, but not as a Member of Parliament. He stated that Völner could not be prosecuted until his immunity was waived.

If the committee does not meet this week, Parliament’s plenary session next week will not be able to rule on the suspension, and the decision may be delayed for several months due to the Christmas break.

-said the opposition politician.

Kocsis-Cake also thinks that the role of Pál Völner’s superior, Judit Varga, should be examined, since the Minister of Justice “deeply trusted” her former State Secretary. For that matter, criminal proceedings should be investigated “all the way to the Prime Minister, as he was involved, and had known about it for a long time,” claimed Olivio Kocsis-Cake.

On Tuesday, Chief Prosecutor Péter Polt requested waiving Parliamentary immunity for Pál Völner, stemming from an ongoing investigation into accusations of bribery and other crimes against the Fidesz politician.

That same day, Völner released a statement announcing that he would resign as state secretary, although he did not acknowledge any criminal responsibility.

Fidesz later announced in an official statement that it would vote to waive Pál Völner’s immunity.