Claims by the National Public Service University (NKE) that criminal proceedings had been filed against Politics Can Be Different (LMP) MP and anti-corruption crusader Ákos Hadházy have proven to be false, Magyar Nemzet reports.
The NKE, a favored educational institution of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, announced Thursday that the Central Investigations Prosecutor’s Office (KNYF) was pursuing criminal charges against Hadházy after he had conducted a “slander campaign” against the university by requesting details about contracts it had entered that Hadházy considered suspicious.
But an inquiry by Magyar Nemzet to the KNYF revealed that no criminal proceedings nor investigations had been initiated against Hadházy, owing to the immunity he enjoys as a parliamentary representative. KNYF deputy spokesperson Richárd Simon told the newspaper that the prosecutor’s office had not requested the suspension of Hadházy’s immunity in the National Assembly either, so no investigation was even possible.
Hadházy reportedly spent months exchanging letters with the NKE requesting the contracts it had entered into worth some HUF 30 billion (USD 113 million) in EU funds. According to Magyar Nemzet, the NKE initially asked HUF 2 million, and later HUF 900,000 in exchange for providing the contracts. Hadházy ultimately received them for free, and found some details he considered worrisome.
For example, one NKE professor, Attila Horváth, was paid HUF 850,000 (USD 3,200) for contributing to a written analysis of Hungary’s constitution. However, Horváth is currently a judge on the Constitutional Court, which raises ethical questions concerning his receiving money to analyze and comment on the constitution.
Another issue Hadházy raised was the awarding of HUF 16 million (USD 61,000) to the Kutatópont Piac – és Véleménykutató Kft., a public opinion pollster owned by the government-tied Nézőpont group.