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Seeking to quiet public indignation over land scandal, finance minister asks for meeting with investor

Finance Minister Péter Oszkó has asked in a letter for a personal meeting with investor Joav Blum about an exchange of land that has become the source of public indignation, MTI learnt after obtaining a copy of the letter Friday.

Oszkó said in the letter that a solution had to be found for legal worries as well as public indignation about the exchange of the property, and that he wanted to hear about the events from the investor's stand as well as listen to his proposed solutions. The State Audit Agency (ÁSz) deemed the contract legally invalid in an assessment, he added.

Blum earlier exchanged farm land he owned along the planned route of road no. 4 for a state-owned plot on the banks of Lake Velence. Blum, together with a group of foreign and Hungarian investors, plan to build a €1.5 billion resort and casino on the site.

ÁSz said only a fraction of the farm land Blum owned was necessary for the road, and this could have been expropriated by the state. (MTI-Econews)