Jobbik wants parliamentary committees to hear ministers on the thousands of visas granted to Russian citizens


In his press conference held on Wednesday, Jobbik’s foreign policy expert Márton Gyöngyösi stated that his party was going to initiate a hearing of Ministers Péter Szíjjártó, Sándor Pintér and János Lázár as well as intelligence officers and specialists in a classified meeting of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Committees. The purpose of the hearing is to find out how thousands of Russians with unclear background could get into the Schengen Zone through Hungary’s embassy in Moscow.

As it was revealed on Wednesday, the associates working in the consular department of the Hungarian Embassy issued thousands of Schengen Visas in 2012 and 2013 to Russian citizens, of whom they had no idea who they were and why they wanted to get into the European Union. The deals were orchestrated by the legendary agrarian diplomat, Szilárd Kiss. In Mr Gyöngyösi’s view, this business is outstanding among the scandals of the past 26 years, even compared to the business deals with Ghaith Pharaon and the bankruptcy of Quaestor.

The politician reminded the media that even though there was an investigation in the matter, the findings, typically of Fidesz, were classified by Péter Szíjjártó, who took over the Ministry in 2014. However, no charges were pressed in this issue, nobody was held accountable. In Mr Gyöngyösi’s opinion, the affair raises national security risks as well as a suspicion of corruption that may have involved the associates of the Ministry as well.

In order to properly investigate these matters, Jobbik initiates a joint, classified session of the National Security and the Foreign Affairs Committees to hear officers and experts of the intelligence service as well as the service’s supervising Minister, János Lázár, then Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szíjjártó, who prevented the disclosure of this report, the MP asserted.

“Fidesz is willing to do anything for money, raising corruption to state level,” emphasized Márton Gyöngyösi, adding that what Szilárd Kiss was doing on a small scale was done by Antal Rogán on a large scale: thousands were allowed to get Hungarian residency bonds through offshore companies.


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