View Full Version : Secret-service flap is among “gravest political scandals” in 20 years

04-23-2013, 04:57 PM
An alleged plan by a secret service chief and an accused criminal to discredit Fidesz politicians in order to help Socialist MPs win re-election is one of the “gravest political scandals of last 20 years”, the governing Fidesz party said on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Magyar Nemzet website published details of a recently declassified transcript of conversations that took place in 2008 between Sandor Laborc, a former secret services chief, and former oil dealer Tamas Portik, who is currently under arrest in connection with murder.

Portik is said to have offered information discrediting right-wing politicians to promote the left’s victory in the 2010 elections. Portik confided to Laborc that he was worried he would be arrested once the right wing came to power.

Laborc also asked Portik to disclose confidential information that might aid the Socialist Party’s election campaign, and gave him his telephone number, the newspaper said.

Mate Kocsis, the ruling party’s communications chief, demanded the declassification of minutes from last year’s hearing on the Portik-Laborc conversations. The minutes could reveal whether Laborc met Portik on his own initiative or whether he “fulfilled an order,” he said.

A team of experts is currently investigating alleged criminal activities linked to the Portik-Laborc meetings. If necessary, a report will be submitted to the police, Kocsis added.

Meanwhile, the Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary (E14-PM) electoral alliance demanded the release of all documents pertaining to alleged cooperation between Hungary’s secret services and criminals under the Socialists. The ultranationalist Jobbik party made the same demand separately.

Dialogue for Hungary called for an extraordinary session of parliament “in the interest of discovering how the secret services and criminal underworld, and the underworld and politics, were connected over the past 23 years.”

E14-PM lawmaker Timea Szabo told a press briefing that “ordering” evidence from a criminal to compromise politicians was “unacceptable”.

Jobbik deputy group leader Janos Volner told a news conference that details of “ties between the (then ruling) Socialist Party and the criminal world aiming at keeping the Socialists in power after the 2010 elections” should be revealed.

Socialist leader Attila Mesterhazy called the conversation shocking, “going far beyond of the scope of what is acceptable.” He condemned the use the secret services to promote political goals or encouraging criminals to discredit their opponents.

Mesterhazy said it would be inconceivable for the Socialists to resort to such trickery. “Secret services should be kept very far from party politics,” he said.

04-24-2013, 06:21 PM
This was obivous they have interlocked with the Mafia. Just see the Vizoviczky-case (Night club scandal in Hungary).

04-24-2013, 06:27 PM
Fidesz wants Gyurcsány to testify in special hearing on Portik-Laborc affair

A parliamentary committee should hold a hearing asking questions from former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and his secret services minister Gyorgy Szilvasy in connection with the Portik-Laborc case, Fidesz’s communications director said on Wednesday.

Mate Kocsis said the committee best suited to ask questions in this case was the national security committee and that an open plenary session of parliament should be held on the issue as well.

Magyar Nemzet daily online on Monday cited a recently declassified transcription of a conversation recorded in 2008 at a personal meeting between Sandor Laborc, a former secret services chief, and former oil-dealer Tamas Portik, who is currently under arrest facing criminal charges. Portik is suspected of having instigated the murder of two criminal figures in the 1990s.

Laborc allegedly asked Portik to disclose confidential information which could aid the Socialist Party’s election campaign prior to the 2010 elections [which the Socialists lost in the end].

Kocsis, who is a member of the national security committee, said the main issue at hand was how it was possible for a secret-services official to ask a criminal to collect or create discrediting information on right-wing politicians.

Kocsis said that back in the autumn of 2012 he himself had asked Laborc to be summoned at a hearing. More recently, when the national security committee members voted to declassify the documents containing the conversations between Laborc and Portik not everyone voted in favour, he noted.

In response to former prime minister Gordon Bajnai’s remark that he had sacked Laborc himself, and Szilvasy’s response pointing to police corruption at the time, Kocsis said the left was trying to get one step ahead to escape from “the mud”. He added that Laborc was not sacked but resigned in 2009.

Kocsis added that Laborc questioning the data where personal information was kept anonymous was merely a diversion.

Former secret service chief Laborc threatens libel suit over released transcripts

Former secret services chief Sandor Laborc has told Nepszava daily that he is prepared to file a lawsuit in connection with the partial transcript of a conversation he had with a criminal in 2008.

An alleged plot by Laborc and former oil-dealer Tamas Portik to discredit Fidesz politicians with the aim of ensuring the re-election of the Socialist Party is one of the “gravest political scandals of last 20 years”, a Fidesz spokesman said earlier.

In two meetings, Portik, who is currently under arrest connected with two murder charges, is said to have offered to disclose information discrediting right-wing politicians so as to promote the left’s victory in the 2010 elections. Portik confided to Laborc his worry that once the right wing came to power he would be arrested.

Laborc told Wednesday’s Nepszava that unless he his provided the original recording of the conversation rather than “a transcript blacked out in a number of places” he would sue for libel.

Laborc said essential parts of the conversation had been redacted in the version released by the Constitution Protection Office or simply left out, adding that he “remembers a different conversation”.

Laborc insisted that he had acted professionally when he met Tamas Portik in 2008.

“Anyone, be it a politician or criminal, should be listened to if they can provide information to the secret services,” he said.

04-25-2013, 05:25 PM
Géza, did you read this?