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Hungarian politician admits attending lockdown party

December 1, 2020

Jozsef Szajer of Hungary's ruling Fidesz party has admitted he was at an illegal gathering on Friday. The conservative politician was found with drugs in his possession as he fled from what Belgian media called an orgy.

EU Parliamentarian Jozsef Szajer
Image: Jean-Francois Badias/dpa/picture alliance

Jozsef Szajer, a founding member of Hungary's ruling Fidesz party and one of the architects of that country's controversial new ultra-conservative constitution, has admitted that he attended an illegal party last Friday night in Brussels.  

Szajer, who resigned from his post as a European Union parliamentarian for unspecified moral reasons on Sunday,  released a statement on Tuesday  saying, "I regret to have broken the lockdown rules, that was irresponsible of me, and I will accept the sanctions that result."

Belgium remains under strict lockdown and prohibits more than four people from gathering in indoor spaces. When police in central Brussels arrived at the scene in response to a noise complaint they found more than 20 people attending an illegal house party. 

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Drug-fueled sex party, or 'just' an illegal get-together?

Reports vary but Belgian media outlets have widely reported that the event in question was in fact an orgy. Police and prosecutors have not officially commented on the nature of the party, only saying that those present were written up for violating coronavirus safety rules. At least two people in attendance possess diplomatic immunity.

Prosecutors originally noted that one individual, presumably Szajer, was apprehended while attempting to flee the premises. Unable to provide ID, he was escorted home, where he produced a diplomatic passport.

Prosecutors say he had bloodied hands, perhaps from injuries sustained attempting to flee the scene. Police also found drugs in his possession, though Szajer has denied they were his: "According to the police they found an ecstasy pill, but it is not mine, I have no knowledge [of] who placed it [and how]."

Sarah Durant, a spokeswoman for the Brussels Public Prosecutor's Office, said, "A report was drawn up for S.J. for violation of narcotics legislation."

"With my resignation on Sunday I drew the political and personal conclusions," Szajer said, calling his actions "strictly personal," and asking that people do not extend it either to Hungary or to his political party.

Fidesz, a defender of Christian values 

Szajer is the third Fidesz politician in the last year to be caught up in such a scandal. In late 2019, Zsolt Borkai was filmed during an orgy on a luxury yacht on the Adriatic Sea but refused to resign as mayor of Gyor — he was later reelected before ultimately resigning after more explicit recordings were made public.

More recently, Gabor Kaleta, Hungary's ambassador to Peru, was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and a fine after being caught with more than 19,000 sexually explicit images of children in his possession.  

Fidesz — and its leader, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban — has consistently portrayed itself as a staunch defender of Christian values while decrying the moral bankruptcy of liberal Western society and politics.

js/msh (AFP, dpa, Reuters)

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