Orbán is up to his neck in Pharaon scandal

Until today, all we knew about the scandal related to the late Ghaith Pharaon, an individual charged with a list of crimes including aiding illegal migration, financing terrorist organizations and trafficking nuclear technology, was that several ministers of the Orbán government were affected. Based on Mihály Varga’s (Minister of National Economy) proposal, Pharaon’s companies enjoyed billions of HUF in tax breaks in their castle renovation projects conducted in Hungary. János Lázár, the minister supervising the intelligence services failed to find out that this individual was wanted on account of a long list of crimes. Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér failed to take any steps to arrest this wanted person while Pharaon was staying in Hungary. The Hungarian National Trading House, supervised by Péter Szíjjártó (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade), operated a joint venture with him. Viktor Orbán himself had business relations with him through his family. The list of crimes committed by the Orbán government has just been extended since it is revealed that this internationally wanted individual requested a Hungarian visa just to meet Viktor Orbán personally.

In Parliament, Jobbik’s MPs have asked Viktor Orbán about his relation with Pharaon multiple times but each time he has lied to us and thus the Hungarian people, too.

In Jobbik’s view, these are extremely serious charges that raise national security risks in terms of the government members as well as Viktor Orbán personally. From now on, Viktor Orbán does not only need to account for his ministers’ but also his own relationship with this international criminal and his company.

 

Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi, vice chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Hungarian National Assembly