Budapest (MTI) – The leadership of the Hungarian Islamic Community demanded millions of forints from a welfare service provider in return for ensuring their eligibility for state financing, the online edition of daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Sunday.
The portal said that the owner of a welfare services centre had agreed to cooperate with the community to receive the financing earmarked for religious organisations, thus increasing its across-the-board subsidy from central coffers by 50 percent, but community leaders skimmed a monthly 4 million forints off those funds.
Commercial HirTV reported it had footage of talks between community leader Zoltan Bolek and the service provider about the money.
The treasury froze funds to the service provider last year, under suspicion of fraud, HirTV said. Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog confirmed for the channel that an investigation was being launched.