President János Áder on Saturday laid a wreath at the grave of Ferenc Mádl, marking the tenth anniversary of the former president’s death. Áder lauded Mádl as a man “whom his country greatly appreciated”, and whose “values were perfectly in place… [who] earned the love and respect of his people with moral stability and excellence without ostentation.” Mádl knew that being honest and credible was the cornerstone of becoming a “good student, teacher, lawyer, scientist, minister or president,” Áder told the event held in Budapest’s Fiume Street cemetery. Mádl retained those qualities during the communist regime and in the fight to re-create legal certainty in the country, Ader said. “Ferenc Mádl was a wise man and a good and noble soul, one of the greatest,” Áder said.
The event was attended by First Ladies Anita Herczegh and Dalma Mádl, House Speaker László Kövér, Supreme Court President András Varga Zs, and Cardinal Péter Erdő, among others. Mádl was born in 1931, and worked as a lawyer and an academic. He served as Hungarian president between 2000 and 2005.