Budapest, September 30 (MTI) – A court on Wednesday sentenced Miklos Tatrai, former head of the state asset management company (MNV), to four years in prison for causing damages to the state in connection with a planned casino investment near the village of Sukoro, next to Lake Velence, in central Hungary.

The secondary defendant, Zsolt Csaszy, a former MNV sales executive, was charged as an accomplice in document fraud and given a sentence of 42 months in prison.

Andrea Marko, former state secretary at the Finance Ministry, and Zsolt F, an appraiser, were both acquitted of charges of document fraud.

Balint V, lawyer, was given a fine of 600,000 forints (EUR 1,900) for having forged public documents.

The Szolnok court’s rulings are not binding and the attorneys of the primary and secondary defendants, as well as the fifth co-defendant, have all appealed their clients’ sentences.

The prosecution also appealed for harsher penalties for all defendants with the exception of the fifth co-defendant.

The case goes back to the summer of 2008 when the Socialist-led government, represented by MNV, signed a controversial land-swap contract with Israeli-Hungarian businessman Joav Blum.

Former Prime Minister Ference Gyurcsany was also investigated for suspected abuse of office in the deal, a charge that was later dropped.

Source: http://mtva.hu/hu/hungary-matters

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