Leak said to show MOL chief’s INA legal strategy

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A leaked recording of a conversion between a Polish official and a Polish CEO indicates that MOL CEO Zsolt Hernádi has plans to clear himself in Hungary on the controversial case with INA, thereby gaining immunity in his Croatian case.

MOL, Hungary’s oil and gas giant, declined to comment on the issue today.

The recording allegedly contains a converstion in which PKN Orlen CEO Jacek Krawiec and Polish Treasury Minister Wlodzimierz Karpinski are discussing doing business with Hernádi. In that conversation, Krawiec claims that a case was being brought against Hernádi in Hungary, but the complainant is the wife of Hernádi’s lawyer, who would probably not mind losing her case.

If Hernádi triumphs in court against his “accuser” in Hungary, it could legally mean that he is immune from prosecution in EU and candidate countires, so that Croatia could not press charges against Hernádi.

In April 2009, Croatian officials indicted Hernádi on charges that he bribed that county’s former prime minister Ivo Sanader to give MOL management rights in INA, an energy firm and MOL’s Croatian counterpart.

MOL has repeatedly denied wrongdoing by its company or its CEO.

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