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Parliament’s foreign affairs committee discussed press reports suggesting the involvement of Gábor Kaleta, Hungary’s former ambassador to Peru, in a child pornography case behind closed doors. Zsolt Németh, the head of the body delegated by ruling Fidesz, told a press conference after the meeting that the case was “shocking and regrettable, casting a shadow on the whole of Hungary’s diplomatic corps”. Németh called Hungary’s handling of the case “exemplary”, saying that the Hungarian authorities had not hesitated to withdraw the ambassador from his post after they were alerted to the allegations against him last March. Following an investigation between March and November last year, charges were pressed against Kaleta and his case will be heard in court next month, Németh said.
He said that the case had “negligible” political implications, arguing that the former ambassador had been screened several times and his appointment had been backed by all political parties. Németh said, however, that the system of national security screening needed updating, adding that the National Intelligence Office was preparing a proposal to that end.