The Public Prosecutor’s investigative office has ordered an investigation into Holocaust denial allegedly committed by radical national Jobbik lawmaker Gergely Kulcsár, public news channel M1 reported. A private individual reported that Kulcsár allegedly described the Holocaust in a letter to a fellow party group member in 2012 as a fraud. The letter has since been made public, M1 said.Andrea Nagy, spokeswoman of the Central Investigation Office of the Prosecution, told the programme that the investigation will assess whether the lawmaker denied or questioned the fact that crimes against humanity had been committed by the Nazis. Head of Parliament’s immunity committee, Imre Vejkey of the co-governing KDNP, said that Parliament could decide by a two-thirds majority to suspend the lawmakers’ immunity if the committee so recommends.
M1 said a report had also been submitted against Kulcsár for desecrating a Holocaust memorial in 2011. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, criminal proceedings could have been started for defamation but the case lapsed last summer. The Hungarian Parliament passed legislation in 2010 under which denial of the Holocaust and of crimes by the Nazi regime in public is punishable by up to three years of imprisonment.