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12th November, 2018

DK sues prosecutor’s over Elios case



The Democratic Coalition (DK) is suing the prosecutor’s office, accusing it of abetting crime by failing to pursue an investigation of Elios, the public lighting company formerly owned by the prime minister’s son-in-law.

Police closed the investigation after the EU anti-fraud office OLAF found abundant evidence of fraud and conflicts of interest in the misuse of EU funds.

Police claimed to have looked into every detail, but the Democratic Coalition says they did not, as police did not request data from the towns of Siófok and Hódmezővásárhely, two cities currently led by non-Fidesz mayors.

OLAF said Hódmezővásárhely’s decision, when led by a Fidesz mayor, to award the EU-funded contract to Elios was particularly important, as that created references for the company that had come out of nowhere.

The Hódmezővásárhely town council excluded both rival bidders that had been competing against Elios.

The Democratic Coalition noted that the statute of limitations for budget fraud committed in a criminal organisation is 20 years.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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