January 12th, 2012

Prosecutor files charges against former Budapest deputy mayor Hagyó, 14 others

After almost two years of investigations, former Budapest deputy mayor Miklós Hagyó and 14 managers at Budapest public transport operator BKV have been formally charged by prosecutors with an “organized crime” causing the state losses to the tune of HUF 1.5 billion.

According to prosecutors, Hagyó and former Budapest chief advisor Attila Mesterházy ordered the BKV between January 2007 and August 2008 to sign some forty contracts with favored companies in return for regular kickbacks, causing financial damages to the firm of HUF 1.49 billion.

Hagyó, who was arrested in May 2010 after he was caught accepting a HUF 15 million bribe, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. [index.hu]

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  • Johhny cash

    There was no need to explain visitors, wich party member he is? Or we can say, ohh just an other rubbing politician, all of them do the same, there is no difference?! If we are allowed to generalize: he is just 1 among the others from the previous Gyurcsány-Bajnai period.

    • Leto

      “There was no need to explain visitors, wich party member he is?”

      Hagyó is MSZP, this Mesterházy is SZDSZ (dead as a dodo. :) )

      • Viking

        Leto says:
        January 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

        this Mesterházy is SZDSZ

        Ernő Mesterházy (not to be mistaken with Attila Mesterházy of MSZP) was chief counsellor to Gábor Demszky, Mayor of Budapest 1990-2010

        Mesterházy was not a politician, but a businessman, a film producer and has a record company, Bahia Music

        As I understand he was affiliated to MSZP

        Some of his actions as chief counsellor to the Mayor of Budapest have been questioned on the ground that there was no real agreement with him before 2009

  • Viking

    Johhny cash says:
    January 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

    he is just 1 among the others from the previous Gyurcsány-Bajnai period

    * 2002-2010 MP MSZP
    * 2006-2010 Deputy Mayor Budapest (MSZP)
    It is in the latter position he has been charged with crimes
    The 1st position may have delayed his initial arrest with maximum 6 months, but the State Prosecutor did not demand that Parliament should release him from is legal immunity, either, so it is discussable

  • I love Hungary

    To be honest, the one things in FIDESZ’s favor is its anti-corruption stance.

    I know it is a bit hypocritical, but still its a good idea.

    It was corruption on the Left that gave Orban his super-majority in the first place.

  • Trenchtown

    Corruption, is corruption, is corruption. It needs to be stamped out and, under the present admin, there is not much hope of that.
    The amounts of money embezzled by these public servants is a disgrace and an indictment on all those that allowed it to go unchecked for such a long time.
    Democracy has arrived in this country but, after 20 years or more, the same buffoonery and shambles exist in quantities that are unsustainable.
    Fidesz need to find a new leader and better players to handle the farcical meltdown of this nation.
    I suggest they purchase a wagon load of olive branches, take lessons in diplomacy, and, get their ostrich-like heads out of the sand (19th-century nationalist literature)and start facing up to the the realities of the 21st century like the rest of us on the breadline.

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