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Socialist Leader Moves to Expel Councillor over Corruption Allegations

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.10.28.

Socialist Party Leader Bertalan Tóth has initiated the expulsion of Csaba Lackner, a councillor in Budapest’s 19th district, over allegations of corruption.

Last week, Lackner suspended his membership in the party after video and audio recordings or him talking about potential corrupt dealings concerning the district had been made public.

“The deadline has expired,” Tóth said in a Facebook entry on Friday after Lackner had failed to comply with the party’s call and address the matter of what should happen with his councillor seat. Tóth said he had turned to the national council of ethical and disciplinary affairs to initiate Lackner’s expulsion from the party. The council is expected to issue a decision within eight days, he added.

“I’ve already made it clear that regardless of whether or not the allegations are true, the councillor must be given a chance to defend himself,” Tóth wrote. “But he should also feel that the accusations against him are a heavy burden on our community and therefore he should know what his duty is.”

Earlier this month, pro-Fidesz outlets Magyar Nemzet and HírTV reported on leaked recordings of conversations that allegedly involved Lackner talking about potential corrupt dealings pertaining to the 19th district.

Leaked Footage of Local Socialist Representative with Bag of White Powder Talking about Corruption

HírTV has said the Budapest police (BRFK) has launched an investigation into alleged bribery and corruption against an unknown perpetrator.

Lackner, a joint candidate of the leftist opposition, was re-elected district councillor with 46 percent of the vote in Sunday’s local elections.

featured image via Csaba Lackner- Facebook