At a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday, deputy head of the MSZP caucus Tamás Harangozó said that in the absence of criminal offense, the investigation was terminated in the case of public lighting investments by Elios Innovatív Zrt., the former company of the Prime Minister’s son-in-law, István Tiborcz.
He announced that the investigation of fiscal fraud causing particularly high financial disadvantage was launched on the basis of an earlier investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
He added that OLAF reported suspected fraud in 35, and suspected organized fraud in 17 public procurement cases.
Tamás Harangozó pointed out that there still was a risk that the European Commission (EC) will recover 13 billion forints from Hungary due to irregularities in projects. The EC's investigation is independent of the Hungarian authorities, he said.
According to the politician, everyone who participated in this investigation and the termination thereof has brought shamed to their uniform, the entire police force and prosecution at large.
The deputy caucus leader also said that perhaps the supporters of Fidesz might now also begin to see why Viktor Orbán and Fidesz do not want to join the European Public Prosecutor's Office. It is quite clear, he added, that if the European Public Prosecutor's Office were in operation in Hungary, this case would not have been closed.
“Things can be done against some people robbing the country blind and the ‘screaming’ injustices done,” he said. He also called for everyone to sign an initiative for Hungary to join the European Prosecutor's Office, supported by opposition parties and NGOs. He also suggested that those sick of what is happening in Hungary today should let their voices be heard at the upcoming spring European Parliamentary elections: vote against the corrupt system and Fidesz.