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Hungarian lawmaker suspected of spying for Russia questioned

Prosecutors question Hungarian member of EU parliament suspected of spying for Russia

Hungarian lawmaker suspected of spying for Russia questioned

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungarian prosecutors say they have questioned a member of the European Parliament suspected of spying on EU institutions for Russia.

Chief Prosecutor Imre Keresztes said Bela Kovacs, a member of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, denied the spying allegations and made a case for his defense.

Keresztes said the investigation has a Dec. 20 deadline and that no other information would be made public now. Earlier, prosecutors said covert contacts between Kovacs and Russian intelligence officers were first detected in 2010.

The EU parliament lifted Kovacs' immunity on Oct. 14, which Jobbik said would help clear the lawmaker's name.

If he is charged, the case goes to trial and Kovacs is convicted, he could be sentenced to between two and eight years prison.

Updated : 2021-09-22 16:31 GMT+08:00