The Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation is conducting an investigation for the felony of passive bribery of public officials and other criminal offences.
On 20 April 2022, the Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation carried out coordinated procedural acts in several locations at the same time. Nearly 150 prosecutors and police officers took part in the criminal action organised by the Prosecution Service, with the involvement of the Budapest Regional Prosecution Office of Investigation, the Investigative Prosecution Office of the Capital, the National Protective Service and several units of the Riot Police.
According to the reasonable suspicions, the perpetrators committed corruption offences through bribery in connection with tenders, issued within the framework of the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme and jointly financed by the Hungarian state budget and EU funds. The total value of the support applied for is about ten billion Hungarian Forints.
The Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation conducted searches of more than twenty five locations, where seizure and freezing were carried out to secure properties of high value. In the course of the mentioned procedural acts, prosecutors seized cash from public officials valuing more than two hundred million Hungarian Forints, securities worth of close to sixty million Hungarian Forints and a car – purchased for cash – worth of forty million Hungarian Forints, and they also ordered the freezing of several real properties.
The Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation initiated criminal procedure applicable against legal persons with regard to eleven business organizations.
The Prosecution Service interrogated eighteen persons as suspects, ordered seven suspects to be taken into custody and initiates that six of them should be arrested. The investigating judge of the Buda Central District Court will decide on the coercive measures tomorrow.
To ensure the success of the criminal procedure, presently no other information can be given about the case.
The photos were taken in the course of the criminal action about the large amount of cash found in a safe.