Anna Donath - Photo: MTI

Donath demands answers from those ‘actually responsible’ for presidential pardon affair

Anna Donath, head of opposition Momentum, demanded answers from "those who are actually responsible" for the affair around a presidential pardon granted to the deputy director of a children's home who was found complicit in child abuse, at a demonstration in Budapest on Wednesday.

In her speech at the demonstration in front of the Castle District premises of the Prime Minister’s Office, Donath said “the system has failed from a moral standpoint”, accusing the government of ignoring the protection of children. She said no responsibility had been taken in connection with the presidential pardon, adding that what had been done “is a sin, rather than a mistake”.

She said demonstrations had to be held “until those actually responsible take responsibility” and until an explanation was given and the victims received an apology.

Andras Fekete-Gyor, a Momentum lawmaker, said “Orban’s regime has fallen into a moral and political crisis”.

Fekete-Gyor said Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Chief Public Prosecutor Peter Polt were threatening him with prison “in a show trial”, adding that this did not discourage him, but confirmed that he was on “the right track”.

He said President Katalin Novak and former justice minister Judit Varga had both resigned “but didn’t take responsibility”. “They didn’t make a sincere apology or reveal who was involved in this obscenity,” Fekete-Gyor said, adding that their resignation was “but a moral minimum”.

Independent MP Akos Hadhazy, Peter Juhasz, a mayoral candidate for Budapest’s 5th district backed by Momentum, and Momentum lawmaker David Bedo also attended the protest.

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