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Socialists demand charges against former secret-service officials be made public

The main opposition Socialist party has called on the prosecution to make public details of its charges against former secret-service officials who were taken into custody in late June and early July, MP Ildikó Lendvai of the opposition Socialists said on Saturday.

Both the charges, including espionage, and the people concerned, including a former minister in charge of the secret services and heads of the National Security Office (NBH), justify "the broadest possible transparency," Lendvai told a press conference. Lajos Galambos, a former NBH head, was taken into custody on June 28 on the suspicion of espionage and put under house arrest three days later.

György Szilvásy, former minister without portfolio in charge of the secret services, was taken into custody on July 1 on the same charge and released three days later. Sándor Laborc, Galambos' successor at NBH, was arrested on July 2 on the suspicion of complicity, and released on July 5. The court said that insufficient evidence had been presented by the prosecution to warrant putting them in preliminary detention. The charge relates to information which falls under state-secrecy laws.