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Police Raise Charges against Virus Skeptic Suspect

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.05.

Police have raised charges against a suspected virus skeptic for spreading false information in connection with coronavirus, a National Police Headquarters spokesman said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Kristóf Gál noted that the cybercrime department of the police’s National Office of Investigations last December started investigating virus skeptics who spread false information.

In this instance, the suspect made public statements against mask-wearing as well as questioning the dangers of the coronavirus epidemic, Gál told an online press briefing of the operative body responsible for coordinating coronavirus-related measures. Further suspects are under investigation, he added.

The widely circulated statements were, in the opinion of the police, liable to undermine epidemiological protection measures, he said.

While police refused to name the suspect, 24.hu, in reference to a source “who knew the case well,” writes that the man in question is pharmacist turned vlogger György Gődény.

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