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Ambassador Charged with Child Pornography Appeals Sentence

Ábrahám Vass 2020.07.08.

Hungary’s former ambassador to Peru, Gábor Kaleta, decided to appeal the court’s verdict after he had pleaded guilty and sentenced for charges of child pornography.

Kaleta was handed down a one year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay a HUF 540,000 (EUR 1,519) fine for the possession of pornographic photos of children.

This comes on the heels of the news that the prosecution decided not to appeal the sentence after the three-day reflection period.

Meanwhile, the government has announced to strengthen the punishments against child pornography. Leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) and MSZP also want stronger measures and questioned the chief public prosecutor as to why only a suspended prison sentence was demanded for Kaleta.

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Kaleta, who before his embassy position also served as spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, was brought to Hungary in complete secrecy last spring, after more than 19,000 under-18 pornography photos had been found on his electronic devices amid an international operation. It was liberal news site Index that broke the story months later. The prosecution filed charges against Kaleta in November 2019. Later, the parliamentary report of his case was sealed for ten years. Last Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to the child pornography charges at his preliminary hearing.

featured image: Kaleta holding a press conference as spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2014; via Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI