Jobbik fights back!
In his Wednesday press conference, Jobbik's Parliamentary faction leader János Volner announced that his party was going to pursue all legal options to impugn the legislation allowing the State Audit Office (SAO) to adopt unappealable resolutions. The party also wants to launch another legal procedure to prevent the expected seizure of their accounts. If all Hungarian legal options have been exhausted, they will turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to fight for Jobbik's cause.
Expressing Jobbik's position on the matter, the vice president of the most popular opposition party said the Hungarian people must fight their own revolution against an authoritarian regime that is taking to increasingly oppressive measures. As an example for comparison, he mentioned late 20th-century Sicily where the mafia was able to manipulate judges and influence the government. "We would never have thought so, but the situation is now much worse in Hungary, a country where the mafia governs; not only does it influence the state, all state administration positions are actually occupied by Fidesz' mafia," János Volner asserted.
He emphasized that the SAO's proceedings were conducted just as Viktor Orbán wanted and expected, adding that each position was occupied by the PM's people who used to be politicians in Fidesz' ranks. The SAO, which refused to take over Jobbik's financial reports, is headed by former Fidesz lawmaker László Domokos; the Prosecutor General's Office, to which the SAO's report was submitted, is led by former Fidesz politician Péter Polt; while the National Tax and Customs Authority, which is going to collect the HUF 662 million from Jobbik, is headed by current Fidesz lawmaker András Tállai.
Mr Volner also noted that the Ministry for National Economy adopted an amended decree last year to allow the public debts of political parties, such as any fines imposed by the SAO, to be collected in the form of taxes. According to the faction leader, the October 6 adoption of the amendment is clear evidence that the Orbán government was already planning to use the SAO to smear the opposition and wipe out Jobbik: "there is evidence to suggest that Fidesz was already preparing last year to execute the measures that have now been taken by the SAO, and created the legal environment for that,” he added.
Repeating an earlier statement made by Jobbik's president, he said: what is at stake in Hungary's 2018 elections is who goes to prison: Viktor Orbán or Gábor Vona.
Explaining the stakes, the politician added that Hungary might actually see a real revolution in the voting booths: "because Hungarian people will have the option to either take on this freedom fight for their own good, the future and freedom of Hungary, or allow this individual, Viktor Orbán, who takes to more and more insane and authoritarian measures, to continue governing the country".
Talking about the SAO fine, he said: "of course, we refuse to pay”, adding that the State Audit Office's report was "ridden with unlawfulness”. As an example, he mentioned that the SAO did not even respond to Jobbik's 36-page feedback, even though the law requires the Office to do so. The politician also noted that the Orbán government was practically threatening opposition leaders with criminal proceedings because if they establish a case of illegal political party funding, then they may also establish a case of criminal offence against public finances, "so we wound up in a situation where opposition leaders can be taken away any time, like in Putin's Russia,” he explained, adding that the developments so far showed that the regime wanted to put Gábor Vona in jail.
Noting that the National Office for the Judiciary was headed by Tünde Handó, the wife of Fidesz politician József Szájer, Jobbik's faction leader emphasized that if all Hungarian legal options have been exhausted, his party was going to turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to fight for Jobbik's cause. "This will likely happen after the elections because there will be no final verdict until then," he explained. Mr Volner announced that since Hungarian law offered no legal remedy against the SAO's decision, his party was going to pursue all legal options to impugn the legislation allowing the State Audit Office (SAO) to adopt unappealable resolutions. Jobbik also wants to launch another legal procedure to prevent the expected seizure of the party’s accounts.
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