The Central Investigative Prosecutor General’s Office on Tuesday detained three former state officials on suspicion of misuse of funds in the sale of the Hungarian trade office in Moscow, the Office confirmed yesterday.
Former National Asset Manager managing director Miklós Tátrai, erstwhile Foreign Ministry state secretary Márta Fekszi Horváth and one-time Hungarian ambassador to Moscow Árpád Székely were detained and questioned as suspects. Searches were also conducted at their homes and several pieces of evidence were impounded. The suspects deny having committed any crime.
The Russian state decided to whom the Moscow trade office would be sold, ex-finance minister and former government commissioner for promoting eastern economic relations János Veres told Klubrádió Tuesday evening.
The trade office, which reportedly had an estimated value of Ft 11 billion, was sold for Ft 3.5 billion to Luxembourg-registered Diamond Air, which sold it on to a Russian company for the Russian Regional Development Ministry. The building is not currently in use.