Ferenc Gyurcsany – Photo: Facebook

Judicial organisations decry Gyurcsany statement ‘alleging political bias’

The heads of the National Office of the Judiciary (OBH) and the National Council of the Judiciary (OBT) on Tuesday sent a letter to Ferenc Gyurcsany, the leader of opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), rejecting what they said were statements alleging political bias in the judiciary.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Gyurcsany accused the judges ruling in procedures against lawmakers Andras Fekete-Gyor of Momentum and Laszlo Varju of DK of bias, the letter said. “Further, [Gyurcsany] suggested that the names of judges and prosecutors in procedures against politicians should be noted down,” the letter signed by Gyorgy Senyei of OBH and Peter Szabo of OBT said.

“Procedures will not turn into political trials just because they are conducted against politicians,” it said, adding that Hungary’s Fundamental Law guaranteed equality before the law.

“We reject your statements suggesting political bias on the part of our fellow judges. While judges can be criticised they must not be threatened, nor should threats be hinted at,” the letter said.

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