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“Voldemort” Scandal: Fidesz MP Interrogated As Suspect Of Major Corruption Scheme

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2016.10.10.

An MP for Hungary’s ruling centre-right Fidesz party has been interrogated as the suspect of a serious corruption case.

Roland Mengyi, who had his immunity revoked by Parliament in mid-August, faced prosecutors on Monday on charges of attempting serious budgetary fraud carried out as a member of a crime syndicate and racketeering. The information, first obtained by news website, has been confirmed by Barnabás Futó, Mr. Mengyi’s attorney.

According to the website, the politician arrived to the prosecutor’s office before 9 a.m. on Monday morning and left after 1 p.m., suggesting that his interrogation lasted several hours.

Allegations of corruption against Mr. Mengyi surfaced after 168 Óra, a left-wing weekly, published a story in August. The paper cited police documents and wire-tapping recordings suggesting that the MP, referred to as “Voldemort”, was part of a HUF 500m fraud plot to divert EU funding to private pockets.

At the time, the 41-year-old MP denied the charges and claimed that someone had used his name abusively.

photo: János Vajda/MTI