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Fidesz MEP to turn to OLAF over left lawyer’s loan 

Fidesz MEP to turn to OLAF over left lawyer’s loan 

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch said on Thursday that he will submit a complaint to the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) concerning an alleged loan to a left-wing lawyer by a holding company run by opposition Democratic Coalition Party (DK) leader Ferenc Gyurcsány. 

Deutsch told a press conference that

Altus, the company in question, had provided 80 million forints in the form of a loan to the lawyer

and politician Zsolt Czeglédy out of a 1.5 billion forint (EUR 4.8m) contract Altus had concluded with the European Commission.

Czeglédy, who was local government representative of Szombathely, in western Hungary, representing Éljen Szombathely-Socialists-DK-Együtt, also worked as a lawyer for DK, the Socialist Party and Altus.

Czeglédy is currently in pre-trial detention, suspected of defrauding the budget of 3 billion forints. 

The ruling party MEP said he hoped OLAF would immediately launch a probe into the transaction on charges of a misuse of EU funds and other serious law violations.

The MEP noted that he had already raised objections against the deal between Altus and the European Commission a year and half ago.

He called it “unprecedented in Europe” that a company owned by a former prime minister who is still an active politician would conclude a contract “using 1.5 billion forints paid out of European taxpayers’ contributions”.

Deutsch also accused Gyurcsány of using proceeds from Altus’s revenues to finance his DK party.

Source: MTI

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