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ROMA LEADER SENTENCED FOR BRIBERY

 

A court in Nyíregyháza handed a suspended prison sentence to János Balogh, head of the National Roma Self Government (ORö), on charges of bribery.  According to the indictment, Balogh approached a company in March last year and offered to pay 3.5 million forints (EUR 10,600) against an invoice for fictitious event organisation services and a kick-back of 2.9 million forints. The company’s representative, however, rejected the offer and filed a criminal complaint. Balogh, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to one year imprisonment suspended for two years. The ruling is not binding.