The appeals court of the southern Hungarian city of Szeged has decided to reopen the case of Csaba Czeglédy, who ran in the European parliamentary election as a candidate for the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), on charges of major fraud and forgery of public documents. The original procedure was dropped in May after the National Election Committee upheld his immunity as a candidate in the EP ballot. The prosecutor’s office appealed that decision.
Czeglédy, a municipal politician in Szombathely, in western Hungary, was arrested in July 2017. He was put in house arrest in December last year, and was released in February. He was indicted for tax fraud to the tune of six billion forints (EUR 18.9m). In a case handled separately by the court, one employee of Czeglédy’s Human Operator company was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for defrauding the government and using forged public documents. Another three associates of Czeglédy were also convicted, with two sentences currently in effect.