Transparency International Slams PM

  • 17 Nov 2016 8:00 AM
Transparency International Slams PM
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s defence of Antal Rogán after the Cabinet Office chief was caught lying sends the message to voters that those in power can do anything and corruption cases have no consequence, the head of Transparency International’s (TI) Hungarian office said Wednesday.

Referring to Index’s exposé of Rogán’s links to lawyer Balázs Kertész, TI leader Peter József Martin said in a well-functioning democracy the authorities should examine whether there is any truth to the “excellent” report’s claims.

His comments came after Fidesz members of Parliament’s national security committee voted down a proposal to investigate corruption cases linked to Rogán.

Kertész’s law firm handles residency bonds, and he is on the supervisory board of an association that organises the storage of gas and oil reserves, and also works for a company that holds a large part of the gas supply. For these reasons, Kertész should have been vetted by the national security services but he avoided the procedure by means of a legal loophole, according to HírTV.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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