Hungary / 12-04-2012
Prosecutor investigating antisemitic remarks by Jobbik MP
Budapest - Hungary’s Central Prosecutor’s Office of Investigations has launched a probe into recent antisemitic remarks made by a radical nationalist MP in an address to parliament.
The investigation was triggered by an appeal by Slomo Koves, head of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), who said that Zsolt Barath, deputy of the opposition Jobbik party, had in his speech publicly incited hatred against the Jewish community.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban held a meeting with Koves on Wednesday and reiterated that the government condemned Barath’s remarks and that the government would guarantee to all minorities that they could live safely, the prime minister’s spokesman Peter Szijjarto said. Koves said clear boundaries must be set up and words must be followed by actions, Szijjarto added. Koves added that for 70 years, Hungarian parliament had not heard such a severe case of instigation and it is therefore very important that the prime minister had clearly stood up against it.