Hungary’s Opposition Party Demands Govt Info On Army Weapon Sales To Hunting Shop

  • 2 Dec 2015 9:00 AM
Hungary’s Opposition Party Demands Govt Info On Army Weapon Sales To Hunting Shop
A hunting shop in Hungary has bought thousands of rocket-propelled weapons from the Hungarian armed forces, the opposition PM party’s spokesman said. Bence Tordai cited defence ministry contracts showing that in 2013 and 2014 the company bought 1,357 air launched rockets, 83 nose guns and 52 airborne rockets from the Hungarian army for 7.5 million forints (EUR 24,000).

Under another contract, the company bought 501 armour piercing missiles, 57 airborne rockets, 214 air-to-air rockets and 1,203 other rockets, as well as five moving-target locators, he added, without specifying the price of the contract.

The company probably generated hundreds of millions of forints in revenues from these transactions, he said, adding that the missiles that were still usable were likely “flown out of the country through a no-name hunting shop to an unknown buyer”.

These weapons were past their life-cycle but could be made perfectly usable “for dictators in central Africa or a terrorist organisation in the Middle East”, he said.

“Perhaps they are using them to attack NATO units in Syria,” he added.

The party will file a criminal report for negligence and submit questions to the defence, economy and interior ministers, he said.

Responding to a question, Tordai said the party had no proof that the weapons had been exported but this was quite likely because such weapons are used by armies.

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