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Bábolna aims to host Sukoró casino venture

A failed casino investment project in Sukoró, west Hungary, dubbed King's City may be revived in a new location as the town of Bábolna is looking at the possibility of selling a building site for the project, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

Bábolna, led by Socialist mayor Klára Horváth, called a town meeting to discuss the sale of a 90-hectare site to the American and Israeli investors of the development.

The investment drew media attention last fall after Joav Blum, one of the investors, was reported to have acquired a 70-hectare public plot in Sukoró, valued at HUF 1.1 billion, in exchange for a 182-hectare farmland, which the Central Investigation Agency subsequently valued at HUF 194 million.

Earlier this month daily Népszava reported that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with Ronald Lauder, head of the casino project, while in opposition to discuss the investment.

Last week opposition parties backed a proposal to open an inquiry into the circumstances of the investment. (BBJ)