Hungarian politician and Member of the European Parliament Béla Kovács is reportedly suspected of working as a Russian spy.
The far-right Alliance of European National Movements, which Kovacs helped found is also said to be suspected of having clandestine links with Russia.
Kovács has denied the allegations.
“I must reject the allegation that the Alliance of European National Movements would be under Russian influence or the recipient of Russian financing,” he said.
Pro-government newspaper Magyar Nemzet broke the story, with the headline “Russian agent in Jobbik?” The Chief Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Kovács was under suspicion, but refused to say why.
Géza Fazekas spokesman Chief Prosecutor’s Office
“The Central Investigating Chief Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a serious crime, but this inquiry is classified, so it is not public at all,” said spokesman Géza Fazekas. “That’s why I can’t even tell what the crime is, I can only say it is a crime that the law punishes with a two to eight-year prison sentence.”
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office said it has asked the European Parliament to lift the MEP’s immunity.
Euronews’ correspondent in Hungary said:
“Although there has been no official confirmation, according to the daily (newspaper) Magyar Nemzet, the Hungarian Intelligence Service reported Béla Kovács to the Constitution Protection Office.”