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Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | Friday, April 27, 2007

Secret police scandal involving conservative politician János Martonyi

Hungary has a new secret police scandal. Last Friday journalist Péter Kende revealed in a weekly newspaper that former Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi delivered reports to the Hungarian secret police in the 1960s, and that secret police files confirmed this. According to the files, Martonyi wrote among other things reports on the Hungarian emigrant scene in Germany and France. Martonyi is a member of the right-wing conservative Fidesz party, which is constantly criticising the ruling Socialists for their past ties to the secret police. Kende comments: "Is there anything more important than having a trustworthy foreign minister ? This is crucial, not only for the country's international reputation but also for the role of a politician in domestic politics. One must now doubt the personal integrity of János Martonyi." Kende writes that Martonyi admitted in an interview on April 16, 2007, that his code name had been IM "Marosvásárhelyi". After the article appeared, Martonyi refuted the allegations in an interview with the Hungarian press agency MTI."

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