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May 16, 2021

Marko Attila, remanded in custody by default

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided on Wednesday to remand in custody for 30 days, by default, ex-MP Marko Attila, charged in the ANRP case, according to Agerpres. The High Court admitted the proposal of the DNA prosecutors to arrest Marko Attila, Secretary of State at the Secretariat General of the Government – Department for Interethnic Relations when the offences were committed, by default.

The decision is not final and may be appealled against.

Marko Attila is accused of aggravated office abuse for his own or others’ benefit, in his former capacity of state secretary at the Interethnic Relations Department of the General Secretariat of the Government, in a case against several officials of the National Agency for Property Restoration (ANRP).

Marko and seven other people were indicted on April 9; they allegedly caused a prejudice of 84.5 million to the state budget.

DNA mentioned that Attila Marko has avoided the criminal investigation by leaving the country and thus could not be heard. The anticorruption prosecutors have asked the Chamber of Deputies to approve Marko’s arrest, a procedure required as long as he was a member of the lower chamber of the Parliament. This was no longer necessary, as he resigned from his deputy position on April 1, and the Chamber’s chairman acknowledged his resignation on April 16.

DNA also pointed out that the proceedings so far were carried out in the presence of the defendant’s designated counsellors, which granted his right to defence; moreover, one of Marko’s lawyers has been handed a digital version of all the investigation documents

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