Hungarian State Holding Company’s former CEO (Miklós Tátrai) has been dispensed from malpractice charges in the trial launched by Gyula Budai. (Mr Budai is a special government commissioner responsible for squaring up with former Socialist government and to review major contracts and investments from the time of Socialist governments, 2002-2010.)
Budai failed to prove any illegal action in the case of the former head of the National Security Office and in the ‘case of philosophers’. Both of them were charged with misappropriation of public resources.
Miklós Tátrai commented that current government’s steps such as those aim to act as a payoff, rather than to sort out the issues legally.
The charge will probably fail also in the ‘whiskey box’ case. Former minister of defence, Ferenc Juhász and Ministry of Defence’s former under-secretary, László Fapál are accused with misappropriation. According to the charges both of them accepted cash and expensive gifts from companies, which were aspirants in Ministry of Defence’s tenders. The prosecutor said Fapál smuggled the cash from the ministry in whiskey box. This whole concept has been confirmed only by general János Oláh, who is one the defendants.
The other charge against Fapál and Juhász is that they co-operated to obtain a real estate for Fapál at a friendly price.
Fapál writes on his blog, the prosecution does not consider that he, as professional soldier was entitled to use an apartment anyway. Oláh has asked the court to withdraw his confession, the only one in this case.