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Hernádi meets OMV executive in Vienna, despite Interpol warrant

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Zsolt Hernádi, chairman-CEO of Hungary’s oil and gas company MOL, yesterday met with Rainer Seele, CEO of Austrian peer OMV, for negotiations in Vienna, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Despite Hernádi being on Interpol’s list of wanted persons since February, MOL confirmed to the news agency that Hernádi’s visit to the country has been authorize following a request by MOL to the Austrian and German authorities to ignore the Interpol warrant. MOL said the CEO has made several official trips to Germany and Austria in the recent months.

According to Hungarian online daily index.hu, Austria, being a member country of Interpol, is responsible for arresting Hernádi and handing him over to the authorities.

Hernádi was first added to the list after Croatian police issued a warrant for his arrest in 2013 on suspicion of bribing former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader to give MOL management rights in Croatian peer INA. His name was removed from the list in 2014 after his case came under review by the Commission for the Control of Interpolʼs Files (CCF), MTI said, but was put back on the list in February of this year following a request by Croatia.

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