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Vida writes open letter to Goodfriend

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Hungarian Tax Authority (NAV) chief Ildikó Vida wrote an open letter the day after the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Budapest, André Goodfriend, was quoted in Heti Válasz as saying that the Hungarian government officials banned from the U.S. were not banned because they didn’t do enough to prevent corruption, but because they actively participated in corruption.

“You’ve made the most serious charges do date in your interview with Heti Válasz” said Vida regarding accusations that she had “committed a serious crime”. She went on to demand an explanation from Goodfriend: “This time you can’t get away with this without providing an explanation. Defaming and slandering someone must have its consequences. Because this is considered a criminal offence in Hungary.” Vida added that as a U.S. diplomat in Hungary, Goodfriend must respect the customs and laws of Hungary. She ended her letter by saying that Goodfriend owed an explanation not only to her, but also to the 23,000 NAV employees who “humbly complete their duties” as well as to every Hungarian citizen. 

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