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According to the medical expert’s opinion, the billionaire entrepreneur, whose burnt body was found in August 2020 in Baranya County, may have been drugged to death by his killers, the police said on Friday.
444 reports that the owner of the burnt-down castle was billionaire István Mészáros, in his early sixties, who lived in the XII district of Budapest. An alcoholic and in need of psychiatric treatment, he lived alone in his mansion, but in the spring of 2020, large bald men with BMWs and Audis started to regularly visit his house. Mészáros essentially disappeared, did not go anywhere, while people in the area said that someone was having big parties at his house. The man was moved from his villa in the XII district to Bár.
According to well-founded suspicion, the two men attacked the victim in the early spring of 2020 in order to obtain his property and then kill him. After killing their victim in the early hours of August 10, 2020, they set fire to the man’s apartment in order to cover their tracks and conceal their crime.
Police Colonel Béla Harmati said that Mészáros’ daughter had filed a complaint with the police in April 2020, claiming that her father was suffering from mental problems and was surrounded by people who prevented him from having contact with her or his other daughter. His mobile phone was also taken away to cut him off from the outside world.
At the time, Gergő Kovács, an MP of the Two-Tailed Dog Party from District XII, wrote on his website that Mészáros’ visitors were members of the Makai clan, who had transferred the man’s assets and control of his companies to a certain József Kiss, whom Mészáros had not known before. All this happened in May 2020, and in August 2020 István Mészáros died.
Harmati said that on April 2, the Budapest police applied to the guardianship office and the government office to place the entrepreneur under guardianship. This was approved by the government office on June 25 and a guardian was appointed. They then went to Bár.
Attila Petőfi, the Commissioner of the National Police Chief, said that firefighters were alerted to the burning mansion on August 10 last year, when they found a body burnt beyond recognition. Only genetic tests later proved the identity of the victim and it turned out that he had been the victim of a homicide.
The suspects sold the iron waste from the man’s premises in Csömör, causing damage worth HUF 10 million (EUR 28,000). The victim’s daughter reported the disappearance of 30 million forints (EUR 85,000) worth of valuables from the Bár castle. Of this, HUF 5 million (EUR 14,000) was later recovered.
It is not yet possible to quantify how much money the company had obtained from István Mészáros, who had assets of between HUF 5 and 10 billion (more than EUR 14,000,000 and 28,000,000), in the months that had passed.
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