Hungarian fringe group accused of plotting to kill Viktor Orbán and overthrow government

The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest. (Wikimedia Commons)
By Dénes Albert
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The Budapest prosecutor’s office has charged seven Hungarian nationals belonging to a fringe group with attempting to overthrow the existing constitutional order, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

It is understood some of the accused had set up an organization to “violently change the constitutional order” and had encouraged their followers to kill 33 public figures, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán; they had been recruiting members at meetings and via the internet.

The group was set up as a small state within a state, with even a judge, while another member was in charge of organizing the executive branch and drafting a new constitution.

Their anti-state stance is shown by the fact that, according to the indictment, a young couple from Bács-Kiskun county gave birth to a child in 2019 at home, without supervision, and without registering the child because they do not believe Hungary exists.

“In doing so, the parents deliberately failed to provide their child with citizenship or any documents needed for social identification and entitlement to benefits, and systematically and completely refused to cooperate with professionals acting legally to protect the child,” the statement from the prosecution read. “These repeated failures to comply with their obligations have endangered the physical development of their minor child,” it added.

The prosecutor’s office stated that the group’s leaders led the child’s parents to believe they could influence the guardianship proceedings, which they considered unlawful, and to call on the authorities to return their child.

In June 2020, one of the defendants issued a “death warrant” over the child protection and related criminal proceedings, which was posted on a video-sharing portal and sent by the parents to the authorities in a warning email.

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