Budapest Sun, August 1, 2007
A former government commissioner has claimed "self-defense" in an
argument with a bicycle courier, which may yet see charges brought.
“I was attacked, in a very unjustified and inexplicable way, and it was
in this situation that I had to act in self-defense,” János
Vadász, a former government commissioner told national
television MTV on Sunday (July 29).
The politician got involved in a quarrel with a bike courier last
Tuesday, and allegedly pulled out a replica handgun from the glove box
of his car, to threaten the biker. The case was revealed after the
courier reported the incident to the police.
The matter became confused, however, when daily newspaper
Népszabadság, based on wrong information, accused Fidesz
MP Károly Kontrát with the incident. Kontrát
rejected the claims immediately, and threatened legal action.
Vadász contacted the police on Sunday (July 29) to clear up his
role in the incident, and the newspaper has, since then, apologized
several times to Kontrát.
Since Vadász is not an MP, and he has no immunity, a police
investigation has been launched.