Budapest, October 29 (MTI) – The opposition Democratic Coalition has submitted a written question to Prime Minister Viktor Orban asking him to reveal whether a list of persons allegedly implicated by the US entry ban published in German-language online daily Pester Lloyd is correct, a party spokesman said today.
According to a report by Pester Lloyd on October 19, the list of persons affected by the US entry ban includes Tax Office chief Ildiko Vida, Orban’s advisor Arpad Habony, head of think-tank Szazadveg Peter Heim, development minister Miklos Sesztak, head of the prime minister’s office Janos Lazar and former government spokesman Andras Giro-Szasz.
DK said it is unclear whether this list is correct but it is striking that “there is no information on whether the affected persons have demanded a correction or took the paper to court.”
The development ministry said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that Sesztak was not affected by the ban.
“The National Development Ministry resolutely denies the untrue claim, Miklos Sesztak is not affected by the entry ban,” it said.
Lazar told last Monday’s meeting of parliament’s national security committee that the involvement of members of the government, state secretaries and deputy state secretaries can be excluded.
The president, the deputy presidents and senior officials of the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) on Wednesday rejected corruption allegations that recently surfaced against them.
It is unacceptable that some handle remarks and suggestions lacking any foundation as facts and use them to hinder the tax office’s operation and ruin tax morals, the office said in a statement.
In a statement on October 17, Habony’s legal representative denied that a US entry ban was in force against his client and called on media outlets that said the opposite to issue corrections.