Member of the European Parliament was accused of espionage in favor of Russia
Member of the European Parliament (EP) from Hungary Bela Kovacs was accused of spying for Russia, according to Reuters. Hungarian prosecutors said he collected information about the work of the EU institutions, which is then handed to the Russian security services.
“The MP was involved in espionage in the interests and on behalf of the intelligence services of foreign States”, — said in a statement, prosecutors quoted by Reuters. Press Secretary of the Prosecutor’s office explained that the foreign government in question is Russia.
The charges against Kovach, the parliamentarian from the nationalist party Jobbik, associated with investigation, which goes from April 2014. Kovac too often had contact with Russian diplomats and almost every month, arrived in Moscow, according to prosecutors.
Sam Kovac told Reuters that allegations of espionage “a fantasy” the Prosecutor’s office. According to him, he “impatiently” waiting for trial to prove his innocence. “I am very pleased that we have finally come to this, and I can clear my name in court and to put an end to this Saga,” he told Reuters.
In may 2014 the Prosecutor General of Hungary appealed to the Hungarian Parliament with a request to suspend the immunity of kovács. The decision was taken in October of 2015, said Magyar Idok.