Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen on Wednesday suggested that Oliver Boldoghy, an ethnic Hungarian deprived of his Slovak citizenship, should appeal his case in European courts.
Boldoghy, a businessman and actor living in Komarno on Hungary’s border with Slovakia, announced on November 18 that he had been stripped of his Slovak citizenship under Slovakia’s citizenship law after he had obtained Hungarian citizenship.
Commenting on Boldoghy’s case, Semjen told a morning programme of public television MTV1 that Boldoghy should challenge a letter he received from the Slovak authorities in court. The letter says that the authorities acknowledge Boldoghy’s renunciation of his Slovak citizenship.
“Boldoghy, in fact, had not renounced his Slovak citizenship, he only informed the authorities of the fact that he had obtained Hungarian citizenship. He also said he intended to keep his Slovak citizenship,” Semjen said.
The Slovak constitution declares that no one can be deprived of their Slovak citizenship against their will, Semjen said, adding that this is the legal argument that should be followed in Boldoghy’s defence.
The Slovak authorities had acted against universal human rights and the ethos of the European Union, Semjen said, adding that Hungary offers its full support to Boldoghy’s case.