RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 62, 28 March 2000
HUNGARIAN OIL REPORT REVEALS 4,300 CRIMES. Outgoing
Prosecutor-General Kalman Gyorgyi has completed his long-
awaited report on criminal proceedings in oil-related
cases, revealing 4,300 crimes committed between January
1991 and June 1999, Hungarian media reported on 27 March.
The report says that the crimes caused some 85-90 billion
forints ($350 million) damage to the Hungarian economy.
Gyorgyi said the inquiry has not revealed police corruption
or organized criminal involvement, but he did not exclude
the possibility that such corruption has not yet been
uncovered. Of the 4,300 cases, 908 involved oil dilution,
oil smuggling, or the avoidance of taxes, while most of the
remaining violations involved forgery. Charges have been
brought in 4,000 cases, while proceedings were terminated
in 240 cases. MSZ
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