A court in Szeged, in southern Hungary, suspended legal proceedings against Csaba Czeglédy, acknowledging his immunity as a candidate in the European parliamentary elections for Hungary’s opposition Democratic Coalition (DK). The National Elections Committee’s approval of DK’s election list took effect on Monday, under which candidates are granted legal immunity and cannot be prosecuted. The court, however, has requested that the Elections Committee should suspend Czeglédy’s immunity so that the proceedings could continue.
Czeglédy, a municipal politician in Szombathely, in western Hungary, was arrested in July 2017 under charges of major fraud and forgery of public documents. He was placed under house arrest last December, and was released in February. He was indicted for tax fraud to the tune of six billion forints (EUR 18.9m).