A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has been indicted for allegedly spying on the European Union, Hungarian prosecutors stated Wednesday.
Prosecutors did not determine which nation Bela Kovacs was purportedly spying for, however earlier stated that Hungary’s counterintelligence service had been alarmed by his common contacts with Russian diplomats and month-to-month visits to Moscow.
In line with the indictment, “the parliamentary consultant carried out his spying actions within the pursuits of a overseas state and on behalf of the key providers,” prosecutors stated.
Costs filed by the Chief Investigative Prosecutor’s Workplace towards Kovacs, from the far-proper Jobbik social gathering, additionally embrace fraud totaling 21,076 euros ($24,900) stemming from the fictional employment of interns within the EU parliament in 2012 to 2013.
Kovacs, who has been a member of the EU parliament since 2010, labored and studied in Russia for a few years.
The case first got here to mild in mid-2014, when prosecutors requested the European Parliament to carry Kovacs’ immunity, although on the time the rationale was categorised. The request was authorised in October 2015, when a separate request was filed to raise his immunity within the fraud case.
Kovacs denied the fees, saying he welcomed the chance to clear his identify in courtroom. He stated he was instantly leaving his social gathering.
In a submit on his official Fb web page, Kovacs stated that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s governing celebration, Fidesz, was utilizing his case to focus on the Jobbik celebration.
“I do not need the unfounded costs towards my individual and the courtroom proceedings to make Jobbik’s 2018 electoral victory harder,” he wrote.
The Jobbik celebration stated in a press release: “It was lengthy clear to us … that Fidesz was making an attempt to weaken us, the federal government-altering pressure.”
In response to the newest polls, Jobbik is the strongest opposition group, though Orban’s Fidesz social gathering has a commanding lead and should win one other two-thirds majority in April’s parliamentary elections.
Jobbik had been supportive of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and efforts by professional-Russia separatists in japanese Ukraine to realize independence. Additionally it is recognized for its anti-EU positions in addition to for frequent racist and anti-Semitic statements by its members and supporters.
Prosecutors stated three others have been indicted within the fraud case.
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