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Panama Papers: Police, Tax Office Investigate Hungarian Involvement In International Offshore Scandal

Tamás Székely 2016.04.12.

Hungarian Police and the Tax And Excise Office will set up special teams to investigate exclusively Hungarian involvement in the international offshore “Panama Papers” scandal, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after a meeting of the national security committee.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaking in Parliament's plenary session

PM Viktor Orbán speaking at Parliament’s plenary session (photo: Tibor Illyés MTI)

Responding to a question by radical nationalist Jobbik lawmaker György Szilágyi, Orbán said that the prosecutor’s office will hopefully cooperate in the effort. Investigations are under way and will continue, and will probably yield results, especially if the international investigation authorities are willing to cooperate.

Viktor Orbán noted that in a case involving the opposition Socialists’ former deputy leader, Gábor Simon, the Austrian authorities are unwilling to reveal how funds ended up in Austrian accounts. Even without international cooperation, the Hungarian investigators will not give up their efforts, he added.

Responding to another question by Jobbik in parliament, the Hungarian Prime Minsiter said he was not a wealthy man and he did not have a “strawman”, in  “I never had a strawman, nor do I have one now or will I ever have one in the future,” Orbán said, responding to a question on whether Lőrinc Mészáros, the mayor of his native Felcsút, was acting as his “front”.

Viktor Orbán added that he had been a Member of Parliament since 1990 and “has never been a wealthy man, nor will he ever be one”. Addressing the Prime Minister, Gábor Vona, the leader of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, asked how people in Orbán’s “immediate surroundings” gained wealth, in connection with media mogul.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI


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