Vida looks to U.S. to lift Goodfriend's immunity

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Customs Authority (NAV) chief Ildikó Vida, who is one of six Hungarians banned from entering the United States on suspected corruption, and her lawyer have asked the Chief Prosecutor's Office and the Budapest Municipal Court to request that U.S. authorities lift the diplomatic immunity  André Goodfriend, chargé d'affaires at the United States embassy in Budapest, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Goodfriend revelead earlier that the only way Vida can enquire about the nature of her entry ban is to apply for a visa. "If an individual disputes the United States' decision to ban their entry, then they must resort to applying for a visa, and in this process, we can debate why we introduced the ban," he said. 

Tensions have been growing between Hungary and the United States since mid October, when it was revealed that six Hungarians had been denied entry to the United States on suspicion of corruption. All six people are government employees or affiliated with the government, Goodfriend has said, but he refused to give details to Hungarian government entreaties, citing U.S. privacy laws. While he did not name the officials, Vida admitted that she is one of the people to whom Goodfriend is referring.

 

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