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Chief Prosecutor Seeks Lifting Demeter’s Immunity

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.05.

Chief Prosecutor Péter Polt has requested that parliament lift the immunity of MP Márta Demeter, who is believed to have disclosed confidential military information on social media.

According to a statement from Polt’s office, Demeter in September last year published “information concerning the operations of the Hungarian Military” and claimed that the military had “illegally provided transportation to a family member of the prime minister”.

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Demeter’s act “could be termed as abuse of office”, the statement said.

On October 16 last year Demeter, at the time vice-chair of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee delegated by opposition LMP, asked the interior and defence ministers about allegations that a military aircraft had brought one of Viktor Orbán’s daughters from Cyprus to Hungary. All parties involved denied the allegations, and it was established that the family of an officer also called Orbán had travelled on the Airbus in question, the statement said.

Commenting on the prosecutor’s move, the LMP group said Demeter had learned of Polt’s request from the press and she was ready for the procedure. During the past few months, she has won “a series of court cases demanding corrections to be published by media outlets that had incorrectly accused her of violation of secrecy and publishing classified information.”

“In the same vein, she is willing to undergo any procedure that proves her right in other cases,” the statement said.