Hungary’s opposition alliance is filing a criminal complaint concerning Speaker of Parliament László Kövér’s recently leaked remarks made a year and half ago before secret services leaders, Párbeszéd group leader Tímea Szabó said on Tuesday.
Szabó told a press conference that the government had demonstrated in recent weeks that it was incapable of refraining from illegal methods to maintain “corrupt … fraudulent power”.
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First it was revealed that the government had purchased the Pegasus software to spy on opposition politicians, independent journalists an economic players, and then Kövér’s speech was leaked in which he “encouraged secret service leaders to violate the law and spy on opposition lawmakers, basically up-ending law and order,” she said.
Szabó said a report would be filed to the Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation concerning secret information gathering and the unauthorised use of concealed methods.
Socialist lawmaker Ildikó Borbély Bangó said the house speaker had crossed a line that no politician or public dignitary was allowed to.
DK deputy group leader Gergely Arató said Kövér’s remarks clearly showed ruling Fidesz’s way of thinking. “The country [they think] belongs to them and the others, who think differently are enemies”.
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