Árpád Habony, perhaps Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s closest confidante, was placed on two years probation by the Capital Court on May 4, 2011 for hooliganism, the liberal weekly Magyar Narancs reports.
Habony was convicted for knocking a man down and kicking his wife in the stomach on a side street parallel to Buda’s Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor in November, 2006.
Communications expert Habony, 45, was introduced to the Fidesz party leadership by Tamás Deutsch in the summer of 2002, Népszava reports.
He gained an important position in Fidesz after the 2002 election defeat when Orbán broke with András Wermer, who had been in charge of party communications.
From 2005 to 2008 Habony was a chief executive and co-owner of Eurooptimus Consultancy, the predecessor to the Néz pont Institute.
Disgruntled miner hits mayor
A miner struck Fidesz mayor József Polics during a meeting in the latter’s office in Komló, south Hungary Wednesday evening after a discussion on miners’ grievances.
Nearly 50 miners appeared at the mayor’s office to express discontent over government cutbacks in disability allowances.
Polics continued the meeting after he was struck but wondered aloud for the safety of his wife and children, as somebody had damaged his car.
Police questioned the miner and will begin criminal proceedings against him. Polics said he is still considering whether to file a complaint.