Alpár Kató | Dec 8, 2018 | 2
Sweden investigates Hungarian Deputy PM’s hunt scandal
As we already reported, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén used to take part in luxurious hunts in Sweden for years in total secrecy. However, the owner of the reindeer killed last time sued him because he did not permit the hunting. According to 444.hu, the Swedish Prosecution Authority is now investigating the case as a theft.
A Hungarian businessman paid the bill
As Magyar Nemzet wrote it before, Deputy PM Semjén hunted in Sweden in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 mostly for reindeer, moose and fool-hen. Besides, the tours were organised with
absolute care and strange precautionary measures.
The price of the trips was horribly high, 4-5 million Swedish krona (EUR 500,000) for each. Semjén said that he just visited his relatives there and they hunted together. However, Magyar Nemzet discovered later that
a Hungarian businessman, József Farkas paid for his trips.
He owns many hotels in Hungary, and interestingly, he won many tenders after Fidesz came to power in 2010. Moreover, one of his hotels was inaugurated by Deputy PM Semjén. In fact, József Farkas denied that he paid for the hunts.
The owner of the reindeer sued Deputy PM Semjén
As we reported before, Niklas Jonsson, the owner of the reindeer Semjén hunted down last year said to the most popular Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet that
he did not permit the Hungarian Deputy PM to kill his reindeer.
‘It is mine. The earmark can be seen on it. And I gave nobody permission to shoot it down.’ – he added. His father, Tobias said that there is no doubt that the killed reindeer was his son’s. According to the Northern country’s laws, shooting a reindeer is regulated by strict laws because there are no more wild animals in Sweden. Thus, the one Semjén shot was probably domesticated – which is not one to hunt according to the Swedish minister for education.
Anyway, the owner turned to the authorities, and the Västerbotten county police transferred his case to the Swedish Prosecution Authority. They told 444.hu on Friday that they are investigating the issue
because the suspicion of theft.
They are currently analysing whether a crime was committed or not. However, according to the Swedish laws, they could not provide any further information. As a result, they did not say anything about whether they already have a suspect.
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