August 4th, 2011

Criminal Code allows prosecution for raising public debt, says deputy PM

Hungary’s criminal code contains the provisions by which legal responsibility can be established over amassing public debt in the past, if clear evidence is provided, deputy prime minister Tibor Navracsics said on Wednesday.

Talking to a programme on commercial Hir TV, Navracsics said legal consultants have stated that no law amendments will be necessary to establish responsibility and seek criminal prosecution against former prime ministers “for plunging Hungary into debt.”

He said it was not unprecedented in Europe that procedures are launched over mishandling of public funds or acting against budgetary discipline. He added that if charges concerned a public offence, parliament usually decides to remove the suspect’s political immunity.

He said charges can be raised even in cases when someone, “had seen the consequences of his actions but had carelessly hoped they would go away.”

A committee set up at the initiative of the Fidesz government to look into why public debt grew between 2002 and 2010, when Socialist and liberal governments were in power, has raised the issue of criminal responsibility. Opposition Socialist and green opposition LMP party delegates have boycotted the committee’s work and called the idea “nonsense” and “political persecution”.

Fidesz has accused former prime ministers Peter Medgyessy, Ferenc Gyurcsany and Gordon Bajnai of pushing public debt up from 53 to 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2010.

Addressing the committee in June, former Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany had insisted that the first Fidesz government and the two consecutive Socialist governments shared responsibility for high debt. He said Hungary’s public debt had increased by an overall 1,900 billion forints (EUR 7.1bn) before Bajnai took over as prime minister.

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  • Viking

    Yes, we are just waiting for the day when we can charge The Supreme Leader with Theft, for stealing people’s pensions…
    .
    Another self-goal The Supreme Leader’s henchmen are doing, is stating:
    “Fidesz has accused former prime ministers Peter Medgyessy, Ferenc Gyurcsany and Gordon Bajnai of pushing public debt up from 53 to 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2010″
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    According to the new rules, a debt over 50% means extra-ordinary circumstances exists, meaning that the previous reign of The Supreme Leader had amassed an ‘illegal’ amount of public debt (53%)
    If 80% is illegal, 53% is equally illegal, like stealing big money or small money, both are in legal terms ‘theft’

  • djoci

    Nah, there’ll surely be a passage that this law only applies for PMs between 2002 and 2010.

    \[Navracsics] said charges can be raised even in cases when someone, “had seen the consequences of his actions but had carelessly hoped they would go away.”\

    Well, I’m waiting for the day when they can define what \careless\ means and can prove someone was careless instead of just being wrong. It seems that this prosecution will turn into persecution sometime.

    Also, if I remember well, in 2002 Fidesz supported Medgyessy’s 100 Days agenda, a serious budget-killer plan (however good it was for the people). Will those Fidesz MPs also be prosecuted?

  • Tapolczy

    Yes sir. Let this be a precedent to the entire god forsaken world. Let the people see that we shall not tolerate perpetual slavery through endless debt. And the world will witness that although the true perpetrators of this diabolical scheme we simply call the “Central Bank” or “paper currency” can never be brought to justice for their covert means are simply too great, but that their puppets like Gyurcsany and others CAN, if the will of the people is great enough. In our case, it was. Orban got the 2/3 majority, and with it to rid the world of leeches.
    This is not about Fidesz and Mszp. Partisanship should play no part here. All this is, is setting precedents folks.

    • Viking

      the true perpetrators of this diabolical scheme we simply call the “Central Bank” or “paper currency” can never be brought to justice for their covert means are simply too great

      Yeah, let us shoot every one who lend out money, every one who participates in making these folks rich, like having a bank account, actually using ‘paper money’. No never use anything as currency that is not worth the same, like only use coins with enough silver in them to reflect their coined value…
      .
      The lunatic asylum has Free Internet Hour?

    • American in Budapest

      It is nothing but partisanship.

  • spectator

    “Let the people see that we shall not tolerate perpetual slavery through endless debt.”

    - Obviously, you only tolerate perpetual slavery by other means, like the coming law regarding the rights of the workers. It really makes a difference, you know, because this one coming from the Orban cabinet.

    Let the people see this too!

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