The Völner-Schadl scandal erupted in early December when the Prosecutor General's Office requested lifting MP Pál Völner's immunity, who was deputy minister and state secretary at the Justice Ministry.Continue reading
The united opposition has initiated setting up a parliamentary committee to investigate allegations that former state secretary Pál Völner had accepted regular bribes from the president of Hungary’s branch of bailiffs.
At a press conference held by the Democratic Coalition (DK), the Socialists (MSZP), Párbeszéd and Momentum of Sunday, Ferenc Gelencsér of the Momentum Movement said it was “the biggest scandal of the current government when it turned out that … Völner regularly accepted bribes of 3-5 million forints a time from … György Schadl.”
Socialist co-leader Ágnes Kunhalmi called for the committee to investigate any possible role of the human resources ministry in the case.
Erik Konczer of the Democratic Coalition noted that DK had earlier filed a report with the police to investigate whether Volner should be placed on house arrest or in prison. The report was dismissed, he said, “because (ruling) Fidesz members wash each other’s hands”. The committee would be a tool to determine “whether Justice Minister Judit Varga, cabinet chief Antal Rogán or [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán had anything to do with this,” he said.
In the featured photo: Fidesz MP Pál Völner. Photo by Noémi Bruzák/MTI