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Preparatory Hearing Held in Case Involving Former Officials

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A preparatory hearing was held on Friday in a criminal proceeding involving György Schadl, the head of the Hungarian Chamber of Bailiffs, and former state secretary Pál Völner on charges of corruption, news agency MTI reports.

Gábor Boros, the chief prosecutor of the Central Investigating Prosecutor's Office, said that Schadl regularly gave money to Völner to keep the then-state secretary at his disposal. According to the prosecution, Völner received HUF 2 mln - 5 mln from Schadl on each occasion, and in return for the money he helped to appoint people who were in line with Schadl's proposals as bailiffs, and also undertook to obtain state subsidies for one of György Schadl's companies.

The prosecutor indicated that György Schadl himself received money from the people he helped to appoint to the executive position, and in total, he made more than HUF 924 mln in illegal income.

Both men earlier denied the charges.

The prosecution is seeking prison sentences of 10 years for Schadl and eight years for Völner in the case.

Charges have been brought against a total of 22 people in the case.

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