József Szàjer said in a statement that he was “present” at the “private party”, where police found around 20 people, including diplomats.
According to Sarah Durant, the spokesperson for the Brussels public prosecutor’s office, the police were called last Friday to an apartment above a bar in the historic city center at 9:30 p.m. after neighbors complained of nightly noise and violations potential measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
Officers found around 20 people in the apartment, two of whom, aged 43 and 33, requested diplomatic immunity, Durrant said.
During police checks, “a passer-by reported to the police that he saw a man running away through the escape pipe,” Durrant explained.
The prosecutor’s office said the 59-year-old Hungarian MEP was under investigation for possession of drugs. ” The procedure is underway. Criminal proceedings can only be initiated after the lifting of the diplomatic or parliamentary immunity of the above-mentioned persons by the competent authorities. ”
Szàjer denied taking drugs and said he “deeply” regretted violating Covid-19 restrictions. “I offered the police to do an instant test, but they didn’t. According to the police, they found an ecstasy pill, but it was not mine, I don’t know who and how it (was) placed, ”he said. .
The rally, a few meters from the Brussels central police station, violated Belgium’s lockdown restrictions, which include an evening curfew and a ceiling for indoor gatherings of four people.
Official reports have been drawn up for those who violated Covid-19 measures. The standard fine for violating the coronavirus restrictions is 250 euros (approximately $ 300).
“I deeply regret having violated the COVID restrictions, it was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to defend the fine that occurs, ”Szàjer said.
The politician apologized to his family, colleagues and constituents and asked them “to assess my misstep against the backdrop of thirty years of dedication and hard work.”
“The faux pas is strictly personal,” he added. “I am the only one responsible for it. I ask everyone not to extend it to my homeland, or to my political community. ”
Szájer is a founding member of Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, led by nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and also one of the co-authors of the country’s controversial 2010 constitution which defined marriage as only between a man and woman.
Recently, Fidesz has expressed anti-gay views and expressed strong opposition to the global rights of women, girls and LGBTQ people.
Szájer was the head of the Fidesz delegation to the European Parliament and sat on the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.