Budapest (MTI) – The case of radical nationalist Jobbik MEP Bela Kovacs, accused of spying, is the biggest political corruption scandal of the post-communist era, ruling Fidesz group leader Lajos Kosa said on Tuesday.

Kovacs’s immunity was lifted by the European Parliament last week.

Kosa told a press conference that Jobbik had been vocal in accusing Fidesz and the government of corruption, “yet the most important question marks regarding corruption have showed exactly on Jobbik’s playing field”.

The lifting of an MEP’s immunity for suspected spying is unprecedented, he said. Kovacs allegedly passed on information to Russia, and Jobbik has received the bulk of its financial support with Kovacs’s help, Kosa said.

“Quite simply Jobbik serves non-Hungarian, other interests through Bela Kovacs, financed by foreign powers”, Kosa added.

He said it was notable that Jobbik was calling for Hungary’s departure from NATO and the European Union while attempting to push Hungary towards Russia.

In response, Jobbik called on Fidesz to look into its own misdeeds instead of mounting a diversion. It is no surprise that instead of real action, all the ruling party can do is “pull out of the hat the case of Bela Kovacs which has been dragging along for a year and a half due to the government’s impotence”, Jobbik said in a statement. It criticised Fidesz lawmakers for refusing to publish the asset declarations of their family members, being secretive regarding the Quaestor brokerage scandal and refusing to support Jobbik’s proposals for fighting corruption.


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