December 5th, 2007

Statue of “corrupt” former mayor to be erected in Hódmezővásárhely

A statue of Hódmezővásárhely’s former mayor Dr. András Rapcsák will be erected in the town in July, writes news portal origo.hu, based on a report in local daily Délmagyarország. Rapcsák, who was a member of Fidesz, died five years ago and was involved in corruption cases yet to be resolved. A Hódmezővásárhely street has already been named after him.

According to the paper, a jury voted for the plans of Kossuth Award winner sculptor Imre Varga. The marble statue would be erected on July 14, the 65th anniversary of Rapcsák’s birth.

Rapcsák was first elected mayor of Hódmezővásárhely in 1990 and led the town until he died of illness on February 3, 2002. His successor is János Lázár (Fidesz), who was re-elected in 2006. Rapcsák was accused by his political opponents of exploiting his position for financial gain. One of the most well-known cases he was involved in was the purchase and sale of a plot called “Billa-telek,” which benefited his wife’s company, Nitor Rt.

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