The second instance court trial of the Sukoró case started at the Szeged Tribunal on Friday, with the presentation of the first instance judgment and appeals.
Last September, the Szolnok Tribunal sentenced Miklós Tátrai, former CEO of Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV Zrt.) to four years inprisonment in what has become known as the Sukoró case, whilst the former sales director of the company, Zsolt Császy was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The court ruled that the two defendants were guilty of attempting to commit the crime of misappropriation, causing especially significant financial loss. Zsolt Császy was convicted as an accomplice and he was found guilty in the forgery of private documents as well.
Former Secretary of State of the Finance Ministry, Andrea Markó and valuator Zsolt F. were acquitted. Attorney Bálint V. was sentenced to a financial penalty of HUF 600,000, due to two counts of forgery of public documents.
The defense lawyer of the prime, second and fifth accused appealed for acquittal. The Szeged Appellate Prosecution Office proposed to increase the penalties of the two former managers of MNV Zrt. In regard to the acquittals of the former secretary of state and the valuator, they proposed to set aside the first instance judgment, due to lack of foundation. The prosecution office took note of the ruling in respect of the fifth accused.
At the Friday hearing, Ferenc Gyurcsány, former prime minister and chairman of DK, as well as Csaba Molnár, MEP of the party were also present.
MNV Zrt., acting as a representative of the Hungarian state, concluded a land exchange contract on 30 July 2008, in connection with a planned tourism development project with an Israeli-Hungarian businessman, Joav Blum, the representative of a foreign investor group. On the matter, the Central Investigative Prosecution Office initiated an investigation in April 2009. On 13 June 2011 the final decision of the Budapest Tribunal was to declare the contract void, adding that the original status shall be restored. According to the indictment, if the land exchange contract had materialised, the Hungarian State would have suffered a loss of HUF 1,294 million.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:01