High-Ranking Police Officials Arrested For Graft In Hungary

  • 4 Jun 2012 9:00 AM
High-Ranking Police Officials Arrested For Graft In Hungary
Two senior police officials and two civilians were arrested on suspicion of corruption Thursday evening, prosecutor spokesman Imre Keresztes announced on Friday. The National Defence Service, the Anti-Terrorist Service, the Emergency Police, as well as special units took part in the operation, conducting several house searches.

Pest Central District Court took the four suspects into 30-day custody on Sunday, the lawyer of one suspect told reporters following court proceedings. The suspects have lodged an appeal against the ruling.

The policemen arrested are Lt. Col. Tamás Kalmár, head of Public Safety, and Maj. Lajos Hopka, head of the National Bureau of Investigations special crimes unit, HVG reported online. Kalmár reported that he has pleaded innocent.

National Police chief József Hatala dismissed Hopka’s superior Lt. Col. Imre Gulyás from his post effective June 1, National Police stated Sunday evening. Gulyás headed a section against organised crime at the National Bureau of Investigation.

One of the civilians arrested is László Vizoviczki, a well-known figure on the Budapest nightlife scene, operating “an entertainment empire” of 40 frequented spots in Budapest. The other is István V., his bodyguard.

Vizoviczki is alleged to have paid a “monthly salary” to the senior police officials to secure “calm working conditions” and conceal his business transactions, Magyar Nemzet surmised, with one collecting hundreds of thousands of forints and the other around Ft 1 million. He has been repeatedly investigated for drug abuse, drug trafficking and running a prostitution ring.

Over Ft 300 million in unallocated cash was found with him and impounded.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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