ELTE launched an ethical investigation against MEP and Human Rights Activist Krisztina Morvai because she uncovered a Stalinist style court procedure

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ELTE Criminal Justice Department launched an ethical investigation against MEP Krisztina Morvai for her alleged unethical behavior during György Budaházy’s trial.

Among other things, she is accused of resisting the trial judge's order to leave the courtroom after a noisy protest by the audience that disliked the stiff sentence imposed on György Budaházy and his codefendants; she told the judge as a member of the European Parliament she had the right to remain in the courtroom even if others must leave.

Many suspect that she was targeted because she called attention to Stalinist scheme the court used to sentence György Budaházy to a long prison term.

Morvai noticed that during sentencing the prosecutor didn't make notes yet, immediately after the judgement was handed down he read out an appeal - a pre-written statement - from his laptop. Ms. Morvai indicated that this could happen only if the prosecutor receive the verdict before it is announced - court proceedings like this were common in Stalinist era show trials.

After the outrageous verdict was handed down (Budaházy and his co-defendants sentenced to 125 years in prison) she called on the audience to sing the Hungarian and the Szekely national anthems upon which the judge ordered everybody out of the courtroom.

Morvai rejected the accusations against her calling them bizarre and utterly ridiculous; not only that she didn't violate the Code of Ethics, but on the contrary, she showed an exemplary behavior to law students and her colleagues at the university.

She refused to show up in front of her accusers, instead she wrote a letter to the university ethics committee explaining her position on the issue.

According to ELTE Dean's Secretariat, if an ethical offense is established, there are three kinds of sanctions are possible against the person targeted by the investigation: the university website can disclose the ethical misconduct of the perpetrator; the university can initiate mandate revocation, and can demote or disqualify the offender for a specified period of time.

Because Krisztina Morvai doesn't hold a leading position in the university hierarchy, the only thing they can do to her is to release the result of the official investigation on the university website - that in fact, makes her very happy; she not only welcomes the university's decision to release the result of the investigation but she urges the ethical committee to do so as soon as possible.

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