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Juhász: Rogán named in real estate scam

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MP Antal Rogán, the head of the Fidesz caucus, will be charged with involvement in "organized criminal activity" in connection with the cut-price sale of public property in Budapest’s 5th district during his tenure as a mayor of the district, according to Péter Juhász a district council member, who announced that he had filed documents containing the charges with authorities today.

Juhász charged that roughly one third of the district’s council flats and other property were sold to associates of Rogán at a fraction of the market prices. He also said the sales meant a loss to the district of HUF 5-6 bln. The documents Juhász filed reportedly outline “the organized theft of district’s property”.

Juhász said that the favored associates obtained leases to the properties, and a few months later were offered a chance to buy those properties at huge discount. He said the deals were not audited or controlled in any way, and he charged that the participants in the deals even avoided value added tax.

According to Juhász, the information on this “criminal activity” was available to any member of the local council, and his office used this information to research the case he has presented to authorities.

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