All posts by Pethő András

Massive offshore leaks reveal former government politician’s hidden business

Millions of leaked offshore documents reveal the hidden businesses and assets of world leaders and politicians, including a former MP of Hungary’s governing party. He got involved in a secret offshore company while he was still in parliament.

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Notary and businessman became extremely close, corruption trial reveals

The trial of the alleged District 5 corruption cases has started with the testimonies of the defendants. What emerged is a story of how a businessman with a wide network of contacts built an extremely close relationship with one of the most senior public officials of the district.

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How Brussels took on the son-in-law of Hungary’s Prime Minister

Names of luxury hotels where Lázár stayed have been revealed

Lázár lost another legal battle, hotel names have to be disclosed

The Curia upheld the previous verdict that forced the Prime Minister’s Office to reveal the names of the hotel where Lázár stayed in Milan and Zurich. Both trips drew attention because of unusually high hotel bills.

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When companies become black holes for EU funds

Name of Lázár’s London hotel has to be disclosed, court rules

The Prime Minister’s Office has to disclose where János Lázár stayed on a trip to England in November 2012, which drew attention because of high hotel bills, a court ruled on Thursday. The ruling is not legally binding yet.

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A corruption investigation has been shrouded in secrecy. Now here is what happened

In district five of Budapest, arranging a restaurant licence cost 1.5 million forints in bribes, according to the prosecutors. One of the suspects is a businessman whose company had received lucrative contracts from the municipality.

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High costs covered car rental on Lázár’s visit in Zurich

Almost one thousand euros was spent on car rental during the two-day-long visit to Zurich of the head of the Prime Minister’s Office. He says he does not remember what type of car they used.

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Lázár’s Milan hotel room cost 1.000 euros. Another 1.500 was spent on something else

The Prime Minister’s Office disclosed new details about those trips of János Lázár that drew attention because of unusually high hotel bills. Now it is known that substantial amount of money was spent on other expenses as well.

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2014 was a prosperous year for 5th district’s mysterious entrepreneur

Profits nearly tripled for the construction company that has been awarded lucrative contracts by the 5th district while its owner keeps working in a hotel as an employee.

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What we know about János Lázár’s mysterious trips (and what we don’t)

The Prime Minister’s Office has been guarding closely the details of the trips which initially drew attention because of high hotel bills but a yearlong lawsuit shed some light on them.

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More details of Lázár’s foreign trips have to be disclosed, court rules

Direkt36 won another lawsuit against the Prime Minister’s Office over the secretive foreign trips of its chief, János Lázár. The court has ruled that the government has to disclose details of Lázár’s meetings.

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Mystery Entrepreneur: His Company Is Flush With State Money, Yet He Keeps Working as a Hotel Employee

The company received most of its contracts from Budapest 5th district, during the mayoral term of prominent government politician, Antal Rogán. Direkt36’s investigation also revealed that the firm has several links to a businessman who had close business relationship with the district in the past.

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Interior Minister’s Former Car Mechanic
Became Advisor of His Ministry

Béla Pittlik worked at a service station where Sándor Pintér, now the minister of interior, used to take his car. Now Pittlik works for the ministry, controlling projects for which he does not always have proper qualifications.

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Prime Minister’s Office Loses Appeal Over Unusually High Hotel Bills

The court ruling forces the Prime Minister’s Office to disclose details of two trips of János Lázár, head of the office. This may shed light on why his trips resulted in hotel bills that were unusually high.

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How Western Taxpayers Help Boost the Businesses of Hungary PM’s Inner Circle