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Drugs case against Hungarian MEP dropped by Brussels prosecutor

József Szájer speaking in the Hungarian Parliament, October 17th, 2016 (©Andor Elekes)
06:38 30/03/2021

The Brussels prosecutor's office has decided to dismiss the case opened against József Szájer for drug possession after the Hungarian MEP was detained having fled from a sex party in November, it was reported on Monday.

The investigation, which was launched in early January, focused on the drug offences allegedly committed at the party, and has now been dropped, the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said, confirming earlier reports printed in La Dernière Heure newspaper.

“The investigation into the drugs he is alleged to have had in his pocket has since been dropped,” Martin François, spokesperson for the public prosecutor, told the Belga news agency. “He has been fined for the breaches of the coronavirus measures. It was the first time he received an official report for that,” he added.

Officers from the Brussels-Capital/Ixelles police zone were called to an apartment above a bar on Rue des Pierres on 27 November last year, where a party involving drugs, alcohol and sex games involving several people, including Szájer, was taking place in contravention of coronavirus restrictions.

Szájer was arrested along with about 20 other people after he tried to escape the party via a lamppost outside the apartment. He was detained and an ecstasy pill was found in his backpack. He claimed he had no idea how the drug was there.

At the time, the MEP was then a member of the Hungarian Fidesz party and a close colleague of right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Szájer resigned in the wake of the scandal.

Written by Nick Amies