MSZP: The planned proposal may cause damages over HUF 100 billion
Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:23
Csaba Molnár asked questions from chief prosecutor Péter Polt in writing. The MSZP MP would like to know whether it constitutes malpractice when the government, through its activities that are knowingly against European law, creates a situation in which the state will have to pay damages.
According to media news, the Ministry for Justice and Public Administration prepared an expert report on the planned fixed exchange rate based debt repayment proposal, which questions its constitutionality and also deems it against the European law, said the vice president of the Gyurcsány led Democratic Coalition Platform in a press conference on Sunday. He also added that even prime minister Viktor Orbán mentioned in his statements that there may be potential lawsuits against Hungary in this respect. „It seems that the government prepares to have a law approved by Parliament with forethought intention, which may cause damages to the state in excess of HUF 100 billion as a result of lawsuits, which the state will potentially lose”, said Csaba Molnár.
He also mentioned that, according to the Criminal Code, “one who is entrusted to manage somebody else’s wealth and eventually by failing to comply with his responsibility causes damages then one commits malpractice”. In qualifying cases the Code allows up to 10 years of imprisonment.
The socialist politician stressed that they didn’t state anything; instead they ask the chief prosecutor whether one may view the fixed exchange rate debt repayment proposal as malpractice.
In relation to the fact that an MP cannot be charged as a direct result of his/her vote, Csaba Molnár asks the question whether immunity is extended to the instigator and the abettor as well if the decision (by the vote) is against the law.
He asks amongst his questions whether it qualifies as failure to comply with one’s duty or an abuse of official power if an official knowingly makes a decision that is against European law or against international treaties on the protection of investments. The MSZP politician also said that he expected answers from the chief prosecutor who had lately handled his questions as charges, and forwarded them to detectives to investigate, who then, in absence of crime, didn’t start the investigation. “We ask the chief prosecutor to answer questions of an MP, which is his obligation anyway, and he should not try to hide behind this shabby practice anymore”, said Csaba Molnár and also added that they (MSZP) would like to see clearly that Péter Polt (chief prosecutor) may, not only in case of opposition politicians, believe that they committed a crime while in government but „he can think the same way (about the government) when damages may be created at such magnitude”.
Responding to questions from the media, the vice president of the Democratic Coalition told that the state had not incurred any damages in relation to the Sukoró case, there had been no crime committed, and Ferenc Gyurcsány (former prime minister) had not instructed anybody, hence the land swap deal had not been instructed by him either. Csaba Molnár responded to the allegation that a report prepared by István Balsai in the spring names Ferenc Gyurcsány as an instigator in relation to police brutality in the events of autumn 2006. He said this was unthinkable as all brutal acts committed then had been instigated by the far right.