Budapest, February 10 (MTI) – Gabor Simon, a former senior official of the Socialist party who resigned last week over his undeclared assets, has submitted a new asset declaration to parliament’s immunities committee, the committee’s chairman said today.
Simon did not appear at a committee meeting today, as scheduled earlier.
Gyorgy Rubovszky, the committee’s chairman, told a press conference after the closed-doors meeting that Simon’s new declaration had failed to answer questions concerning his undeclared assets on an Austrian bank account. He said Simon had until Tuesday to amend his declaration. He added that the new declaration would be posted on parliament’s website.
Simon attached the declaration to a letter, in which he said that the assets declaration had no box where he could have listed the amount held in his Austrian account. He added that nevertheless he is ready to give an account of the money to a body authorised for the purpose.
Rubovszky said if Simon does return his mandate on Wednesday, as he said earlier, the committee’s procedure to look into his assets will end. After he is no longer a lawmaker his case can be taken through the channels of justice, he added.
Simon quit his post as the Socialist party’s deputy leader and said he would give up his seat in Parliament last week after daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Feb. 4 that he had undeclared assets worth 240 million forints (EUR 780,000) in an Austrian bank account.
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