Jobbik demands intelligence services to answer questions on Kósa-gate

According to Ádám Mirkóczki, Lajos Kósa’s EUR 4.3 billion means the all-time largest financial machination in Hungary. Jobbik demands answers from the Constitution Protection Office. In his Friday press conference, Ádám Mirkóczki said Fidesz and the Orbán government could no longer ignore the increasingly complex Lajos Kósa-affair.

As an example of this complexity, Jobbik’s spokesman recalled Hungary’s Y2007 act on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing which obliges all financial service providers to run a due diligence process of all clients with brokerage assignments where the value is at least HUF 3.6 million. According to Jobbik’s information, Mr Mirkóczki noted, the due diligence process had actually been completed by a financial service provider under the Central Bank’s supervision in 2013.

Pointing out another concern, the spokesman emphasized that Lajos Kósa had been the Chairman of the Parliament’s Defence and Law Enforcement Committee up until October 2017, when he was appointed as cabinet minister. All members of this committee must obtain a national security clearance, too. The Constitution Protection Office (AH) issued this clearance to Mr Kósa in 2014. In light of that, Jobbik now demands the AH to report to the National Security Committee’s next meeting on the details of Lajos Kósa’s due diligence.

“We have a lot of questions because this story is not about giving away a box of matches: the value is EUR 4.3 billion, which actually amounts to the annual budget of a developing country,” Mr Mirkóczki suggested.

What are Jobbik's questions?

During his due diligence process, did Lajos Kósa report this notarial instrument and the possibility of such money transfer? Noting that he himself had already undergone a similar examination, Mr Mirkóczki said he was quite aware how deeply they went in analyzing the financial situation of MPs, and they covered potential future transactions, too.

If Lajos Kósa did submit these documents to the AH, what did the authority conclude? “Having the power to manage such a humongous amount of money is at least a national security risk as long as there are no reassuring answers on the origins and purposes of that money,” the Jobbik-delegated member of the National Security Committee added.

On the other hand, if Lajos Kósa lied and failed to report this notarial instrument during his due diligence, then has the AH taken any steps to find out where this astronomical amount of money is, and what is happening to it? “This is the all-time largest financial machination in Hungary regardless if there was a real movement of money or not,” Mr Mirkóczki stated.


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