Tamás Harangozó of the MSZP recalled at Monday’s session of the Parliament that Szekszárd recently caused consternation and fear in many people when it was revealed that György Budaházy, a criminal who was legally convicted of a terrorist act and banned from public affairs, will give a lecture in the hall of the local János Garay High School.
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A few days later, the head of the school district announced that this could not take place, but the event was moved to one of the premises of the municipality.
In Hungary today, can a criminal convicted of a terrorist act hold a public event in a public institution?
Gergely Gulyás, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, confirmed in his reply that the head of the school district – in his opinion correctly – decided not to host the mentioned event.
He added: György Budaházy’s criminal proceedings did not comply with the basic principles of the rule of law, as they could not have lasted 14-16 years. Nevertheless, everyone must respect the verdict, as well as the pardon exercised by the President of the Republic and countersigned by the government.
This does not make the actions undone, therefore the school district’s decision clearly reflects the government’s position
– he announced.