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DK files complaint over auctioning of Chinese ventilators

The opposition Democratic Coalition has filed a complaint to the police, alleging that Chinese ventilators procured by the government and then auctioned off had resulted in damages to the state of more than 300 billion forints.

DK discovered that not a single ventilator has been used or sold since 2020, after having successfully sued for the relevant data to be publicised, Zoltan Varga, a party MP, told an online press briefing on Saturday.

Varga said that in his capacity as head of parliament’s welfare committee, he had visited the warehouse where ventilators had been kept for the past four years.

He insisted that “the elite” close to the ruling Fidesz party had got rich thanks to the state procurement of “overpriced Chinese ventilators, while tens of thousands of Hungarian people lost their lives” during the Covid pandemic.

Viktor Orb├ín’s government ripped off Hungarian taxpayers twice by paying over the odds for the machines and then paying for their storage before auctioning them off, he insisted.

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