Budapest, March 12 (MTI) – The main opposition Socialists trust that the public prosecutor’s office will thoroughly investigate the Simon case and it is also in the party’s interest that the truth is fully revealed, Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy said on Wednesday.
“We are not proud of him,” Mesterhazy said about Gabor Simon, former deputy chairman of the party, adding that “You don’t suppose I’m glad about these things and easily shake them off.”
He said the Socialists dissociate themselves from Simon’s past acts and consider them unacceptable. In effect, these acts represent a “punishment to the Socialist party,” he added.
Since Simon has resigned from all his titles in the party, the Socialists have no means to clear up the situation, Mesterhazy said. The party cannot initiate a better investigation than “the public prosecutor’s office headed by former Fidesz lawmaker Peter Polt,” he added.
Simon was arrested on Monday on suspicion of asking a friend to open a bank account in his name with a Hungarian bank using a forged passport from a southern African country. Simon quit his post as the party’s deputy leader and gave up his seat in parliament in February, after reports that he had undeclared assets worth 240 million forints (EUR 780,000) held on an Austrian bank account.