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PM denies accruing wealth illegally

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány denied at a parliamentary hearing yesterday that he or his family had accrued wealth illegally. The committee was set up by main opposition party Fidesz in May 2005 to look into the assets of Gyurcsány and his family. Fidesz claimed that Gyurcsány and his mother-in-law Piroska Apró, daughter of a once high-ranking communist official, had used ties with state-owned companies and accrued billions of forints through privatization deals after the collapse of the communist regime. "As long as I acted as a businessman, I avoided rather than went after the company of politicians. I did not foster any ties, not alone intimate ones, with them," Gyurcsány said. (MTI; MH 1, Nv 1, Nb 3)