The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the interior and justice ministers to testify before parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee regarding the case of a man recently detained for spreading rumours about the novel coronavirus epidemic.
The Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County police on Tuesday said the authorities had launched criminal proceedings against a 64-year-old man in Szerencs, in north-eastern Hungary, on suspicion of spreading rumours concerning the epidemic. The suspect was detained for saying on social media that the government had deliberately timed the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions to coincide with the peak of the epidemic which he said could result in a massive rise in infections.
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DK lawmaker Ágnes Vadai told an online press conference on Wednesday that the police’s job was not to “round up those who disagree with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán or [ruling] Fidesz”.
She cited the prosecutor’s office as saying that the man had not committed a crime, but had merely “expressed an opinion about the prime minister”.
“And it was a very clear one — that Viktor Orbán is a dictator,” Vadai said. She said the case demonstrated “how far Hungary has fallen from the rule of law, freedom and Europe over the last ten years”.
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