Former Hungarian Gov't Official Charged in Corruption Case

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Pál Völner

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The Prosecution Service of Hungary on Monday said it filed charges against Pál Völner, a former state secretary at the Justice Ministry, for accepting bribes from the former head of the Hungarian Chamber of Bailiffs, György Schadl.

The Prosecution Service said Schadl had regularly bribed Völner with "at least HUF 83 millio" up until July 2021 and used his influence to secure the appointment of seven bailiffs in exchange for kickbacks.

Charges have been filed against a total of 22 offenders in the case.

The Prosecution Service has recommended an eight-year prison term and a HUF 25 mln fine for Völner, and a 10-year prison sentence and a HUF 200 mln fine for Schadl.

Völner resigned from his post as state secretary late in 2021, after the suspicion of bribery came to light.

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