Ruling Fidesz demands answers from Socialists, DK over Czeglédy graft case
The ruling Fidesz party has said the silence of the leftist opposition Socialist and Democratic Coalition (DK) parties in connection with the case against Csaba Czeglédy and his associates has become “senseless and pointless” in light of the court decision to extend Czeglédy’s pre-trial detention.
The court’s decision indicates that the suspects of financial fraud, charged with causing major financial damages as part of a criminal organisation, committed a serious criminal offense, Fidesz said in a statement on Sunday.
“The time has come for the Socialists and DK to stand before the public and answer Fidesz’s questions over the past few weeks,” the statement said.
The ruling party said it wanted to know whether 3 billion forints (EUR 9.8m) had come into the possession of the Socialists or DK, or politicians from those parties, and what type of contracts the parties had entered into with Czeglédy.
It also wanted to know whether any left-wing politician besides Socialist PM-candidate László Botka or DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány had any connections with Czeglédy.
Czeglédy was local government representative of Szombathely, in south-west Hungary, representing Éljen Szombathely-Socialists-DK-Együtt. He also worked as a lawyer for DK and the Socialists.
Czeglédy is one of ten suspects in the case charged with committing tax evasion as part of a criminal organisation through a series of companies, causing damages to the state of up to 3 billion forints between 2013-2016.