December 8th, 2013

Orbán has met his Waterloo in VAT scandal, say Socialists

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has met his Waterloo in the recent VAT scandal involving a former tax office staffer’s claims that several large companies had failed to pay taxes totalling over one trillion forints (EUR 3.3bn), the main opposition Socialists said on Sunday.

Orban has repeatedly evaded the issue, Socialist lawmaker Istvan Jozsa told the press. This suggests he wants to cover it up.

The Socialists have made as many as seven attempts to clarify the issue, including the proposal that parliament’s national security committee should hear on Tuesday the heads of several state bodies and the former tax office employee, Andras Horvath, who came forward with the accusations, he added.

According to Jozsa, Orban has repeatedly “sabotaged” proposals aimed at shedding light on the case, for instance, by insisting that whistleblowers should provide specific details. But such details could violate tax secrets, Jozsa argued.

Orban’s attitude undermines public confidence and his actions demonstrate that “he is personally covering up anyone who fails to pay their taxes,” Jozsa said.

In reaction to Jozsa’s statements, Fidesz reiterated that it is the public prosecutor’s task to reveal the truth and establish whether criminal activities had taken place or not.

Fidesz spokesman Robert Zsigo said that it was time the Socialists understood the rule of law and the fact that “they are not in the 1950s anymore when people can randomly be dragged to political courts.”

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  • heisenberg

    VAT and MOL. I’m surprised how long it took for them to realize this. Any of those two would take down an EU government. Merry anxiety-filled xmas Mr. Orban. He can get away with it if he finds a fall-person.

    • procrastinator

      Haha you really think this will even touch orban , the guy is teflon , and the hungarian public does not care , also they dont see a viable alternative , and as much as I don’t support orban , I don’t really support anyone else , sort of a damned if you do and damned if you don’t type situation

      • heisenberg

        Good points but something is eventually going to stick. He is Hungary’s Berlusconi with Lukashenko traits.

      • Leto مؤدّب

        You are absolutely right my friend. But I’m worried. All dictators eventually fall. Still, until they do, it’s just verbal voodoo 😀

      • justasking

        ‘and the hungarian public does not care…’

        That’s not true, they do care.

        Unfortunately, they’re too busy trying to keep their heads afloat, which tends to take priority, waiting for the seemingly never ending political change, real change, to actually happen in Hungary.

  • 😀
    These so-called Socialists have said this quite a few times… Pure wishful thinking, verbal voodoo

  • MagyarViking

    Fidesz reiterated that it is the public prosecutor’s task to reveal the truth and establish whether criminal activities had taken place or not, when it comes to pro-Fidesz people, then that is why we put back our guy, Peter Polk, as Chief State Prosecutor, so he can makes sure that does not happen, as he did with Happy End Kft from 2002

  • MagyarViking

    Fidesz spokesman Robert Zsigo said that it was time the Socialists understood the rule of law and the fact that “they are not in the 1950s anymore when people can randomly be dragged to political courts”
    That privilige we, Fidesz, reserve for our political opponents, like the Sukoró-trial, which sadly missed to convict the criminal Gyrurcsány

    Maybe after next election will do The Ukrainian Trick and get Gyurcsány convicted anyway

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