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Karacsony: All municipal council property sale documents since 2019 sent to committee probing ‘City Hall case’

The Budapest capital asset management centre has sent the entire documentation of all municipal council property sales since 2019 to the special committee investigating alleged plans to sell City Hall, Gergely Karacsony, the city's mayor, said on Wednesday.

The documents contain the valuations concerning the property sales, the calls for tenders, the bids themselves, demolition reports, the proposals on the decisions, the property sales contracts, the pre-emption statements and the property transfer reports, Karacsony said on Facebook.

Budapest’s municipal assembly last Wednesday voted to set up an investigative committee to look into alleged plans by the city’s leadership to sell the capital’s City Hall.

The motion to set up the committee put forward by Zsolt Lang, the group leader of ruling Fidesz’s Budapest chapter, was approved with an amendment proposal submitted by Karacsony. The committee will be tasked with investigating audio recordings in connection with alleged plans to sell the City Hall building and other properties owned by the municipality, as well as the circumstances under which they were leaked.

The seven-strong committee, headed by Peter Kovacs, the Fidesz mayor of the 16th district, is set to present its report to the assembly at its December meeting.

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