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Budapest court orders arrest of Roma leader on suspicion of corruption

A Budapest district court on Friday ordered that Janos Agocs, the head of the National Roma Self-government (ORO), be taken into custody on suspicion of corruption.

“The Buda Central District Court has ordered the arrest of a man, a senior official in a leading position suspected of having elicited a bribe, for a period of one month, until October 2,” the court’s press office said in a statement.

Agocs was detained on Wednesday. He is believed to have been offering his own position to lesser officials willing to pay 30 million forints (EUR 74,900) for the post in the summer of 2022. Agocs’s plan was to make the prospect his deputy, then he would get him elected head of the body.

Agocs has filed a complaint against his detention and rejected the charges.

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