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Hungarian Ambassador Charged with Child Pornography Passed National Security Screening in 2017?

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.02.12.

Ambassadors must undergo a strict national security screening before being appointed, thus the former Hungarian ambassador to Peru facing child pornography charges could also have been checked back in 2017, RTL Klub reports.

The screening is a multiple part process. The investigated person must first complete a “security questionnaire,” after which authorities verify and evaluate the accuracy of their responses to the questions, then use secret service methods to identify any “potential risk.”

RTL Klub asked the Interior Ministry why the inspection didn’t reveal the suspicion of a criminal offense. In their reply, they stated that the relevant documents are top secret and that the Constitution Protection Office, the body responsible for the investigation, was not planning to change the current regulations, nor order an investigation.

As we have previously reported, back in April, the Hungarian ambassador to Peru, Gábor Kaleta, had been removed from service, brought home, and will soon face trial, as more than 19,000 under-18 pornography photos had been found on his devices, uncovered in the framework of an international operation.

Featured photo by Endre Véssey/MTI