Hungarian police on Thursday disputed the accuracy of data on local homicides published a day earlier by Eurostat.
In a summary of data released on Wednesday, the EU’s statistical office put the police-recorded intentional homicide rate in Hungary at 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017.
Hungary’s National Police Headquarters (ORFK) on Thursday said there were 90 intentional homicides in Hungary in 2017. Calculating with a population of 9.79 million, the homicide rate was 0.92, it said.
The figure “calls into question the credibility of data related to the Hungarian police published by Eurostat”,
ORFK said, adding that it was not the first instance that data on Eurostat’s website “did not reflect reality”.
The Hungarian police did not supply the data on homicides to Eurostat, ORFK said.
There were 78 police-recorded intentional homicides in Hungary last year, resulting in a homicide rate of 0.79 percent, ORFK said.
Police identified the perpetrators in every single one of those cases, it added.
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