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Socialists to file police report on attempt to topple gov’t alleged by National Bank governor

With a view to shedding light on recent allegations made by György Matolcsy that a foreign power had attempted to topple the government and the leadership of the central bank, the Socialist Party announced it is filing a report to police against unidentified perpetrators suspected of espionage and other crimes against the Hungarian state.

A National Security Committee meeting in parliament Wednesday revealed that none of Hungary's secret services or intelligence services possess any information to corroborate provocative accusations against the United States made by Hungary's central bank governor György Matolcsy (pictured).
At a parliamentary committee meeting last week, Matolcsy accused a "large NATO-ally country" of attempting to manufacture a banking panic in order to topple the Hungarian government beginning in 2014. The comments, clearly directed at the United States, prompted press attaché for the American embassy in Budapest Richard Damstra to publicly denounce Matolcsy's accusations as "not credible" and "implausible." Opposition parties called on Matolcsy to provide evidence to back up his claims but the bank governor has remained silent.
At Wedneday's National Security Committee meeting, opposition politicians requested a briefing from the committee on whether the United States had indeed attempted to take down the government through a conspiracy to weaken the central bank, as Matolcsy claimed. According to information obtained by index.hu from opposition politicians present at the meeting, military intelligence officials denied that they possessed any information to corroborate Matolcsy's statements, a contradiction of his assertion that he had been informed by "secret services and military intelligence" sources of the conspiracy.
MPs Zsolt Molnár (MSZP) and Bernadett Szél (LMP) proposed in parliament that a separate committee be formed to investigate the veracity of Matolcsy's claims, arguing that such a conspiracy, if true, would warrant a serious examination. But Fidesz-KDNP representatives did not support further inquiry into the matter, and rejected calls for Matolcsy to appear before the National Security Committee.
Leading Fidesz politicians, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, have previously accused the United States of "attacks" and attempting to intervene in Hungary's domestic political affairs, but stopped short of Matolcsy's accusations of an attempted putsch. Fidesz's rejection Wednesday to further investigate the allegations indicates that such state-toppling conspiracies may continue to go unanswered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 20:55

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