MSZP expects resolute and swift action from all the competent authorities, and expects them to take all the measures that are necessary in cases like this one involving instigation to commit homicide. If they do not do so, then the party will press charges against the Fidesz party politician. MSZP chairman Mr. Mesterházy later added on Klubrádió’s program “Megbeszéljük” [literally: “We’ll discuss it”] that since the authorities have initiated legal proceedings relating to statements that could be heard on the Magyar Sziget [literally: Hungarian Island], then they cannot just let this one pass. He reminded listeners that the Socialist had party proposed anti–hate speech legislation in the Parliament as early as two years ago; however, it did not gain support either from its former coalition partner, SZDSZ (Alliance of Free Democrats), or from the current ruling party Fidesz.According to the Hungarian news portal stop.hu, György Budaházy – when questioned and reminded of the above–mentioned conversation recalled that [Mária] Stadler ran an association at the time, through which she paid money to pensioners to make phone calls and agitate on various TV programs. Their primary task was to defame the MSZP–led government, while their second most important task was to denigrate Budaházy and his associates. One time – right after a defamatory TV program –, Budaházy unexpectedly visited Ms Stadler in the 5th district Civic House, and questioned her that on what basis dared she use provocateurs against him. The video was recorded on this occasion.While MSZP urged the immediate exclusion of Mária Stadler from the governing party Fidesz, the politician reiterated her statement in response to a question by a radical right–wing TV channel N1: “if you were radical, then you would get a gun and shoot this fucking son a bitch [sic!] Gyurcsány”. Budaházy answered that they were not slayers. After she was repeatedly questioned about her conversation with György Budaházy, the Fidesz party politician claimed that “she had only glossed over the subject of why they do not make away with the former prime minister”.András Puskás, deputy vice–chairman of the 5th district Fidesz caucus wrote in a statement that was published by the Hungarian Press Agency [common Hungarian abbreviation: MTI] on Thursday that: “of course, we do not agree with anything recorded on this video tape, that’s why there will be consequences. During our first group session in September we will look into the matter more closely”. After that, however, the statement adds with irresponsible cynicism that “this video tape – disclosed from the circles of Jobbik – will obviously be very helpful to Ferenc Gyurcsány now, who is just waiting for the waiver of his immunity”.Meanwhile, Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány also responded to the news on Facebook – he made a written note next to a picture depicting swans gently floating on water: “I think that swans should not be shot, either”.
Latest Developments:Mária Stadler sent a statement to MTI on Monday, claiming: “I have to make my apology and really beg Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány's pardon for my high words. This is the condition for attaining personal forgiveness from God, and also to restore my peace of mind”. She wrote in connection with the infamous video tape: “three years ago, György Budaházy threatened me at an unexpected meeting attended by the three of us only – and organized by one of my disciples – that if I kept spreading rumours about him stating that he was a provocateur and an agent of MSZP, then there might be legal consequences. [...] I wanted to clarify Budaházy’s role in the Hungarian political landscape. I asked him why he thought of himself as a radical right–wing political player; if he was truly radical, then why did he not shoot Gyurcsány, and why was he attacking Fidesz. He responded cleverly, because he knew that a video tape was recorded secretly. I became the victim of his provocation due to my naivety. The real target of my passion and emotional outburst in the midst of a heated debate was Budaházy only”. “Of course, I have never wished for the death of Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány” – added Mária Stadler later in the statement.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2011 12:55