Laszlo Kover – Photo: MTI

Opposition to file complaint about house speaker’s remarks

Hungary's opposition alliance is filing a criminal complaint concerning Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover's recently leaked remarks made a year and half ago before secret services leaders, Parbeszed group leader Timea Szabo said on Tuesday.

Szabo told a press conference that the government had demonstrated in recent weeks that it was incapable of refraining from illegal methods to maintain “corrupt … fraudulent power”.

First it was revealed that the government had purchased the Pegasus software to spy on opposition politicians, independent journalists an economic players, and then Kover’s speech was leaked in which he “encouraged secret service leaders to violate the law and spy on opposition lawmakers, basically up-ending law and order,” she said.

Szabo said a report would be filed to the Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation concerning secret information gathering and the unauthorised use of concealed methods.

Socialist lawmaker Ildiko Borbely Bango said the house speaker had crossed a line that no politician or public dignitary was allowed to.

DK deputy group leader Gergely Arato said Kover’s remarks clearly showed ruling Fidesz’s way of thinking. “The country [they think] belongs to them and the others, who think differently are enemies”.

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