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The Hungarian president resigned after the scandal of granting a pardon to a man who sheltered a pedophile

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The Hungarian president resigned after the scandal of granting a pardon to a man who sheltered a pedophile

Hungarian President Katalin Nováková resigned after her decision to grant a pardon to a man who harbored a pedophile sparked a huge wave of criticism. “I made a mistake,” she said in a speech Saturday afternoon.

Nováková ended her business trip in Qatar early, returned to Hungary in the early afternoon and went straight from the airport to the presidential palace.

“I would never pardon anyone who I believe is physically or mentally abusing children,” she declared. “The president is expected not to make mistakes, and if he does, he will stand up to those he is accountable to and take responsibility,” she added.

She did not want to justify her decision

Nováková pardoned Endre K., an accomplice of the director of a children’s home in Bicske, convicted of pedophile crimes, during last year’s visit of Pope Francis to Hungary. She did not publish the decision on the pardon, the case was revealed by the independent portal 444.hu at the beginning of February.

Nováková did not justify her decision even after the scandal broke out. She only said that during her presidency “pedophiles were not and will not be pardoned, and that was the case in this case as well.”

“I abhor pedophilia, I consider it one of the most disgusting and serious crimes,” she answered a journalist’s question at the beginning of the week.

“In accordance with 33 years of tradition and legislation, we cannot provide detailed information in specific cases of pardons,” Novák added at the time. However, this was not true: in the case of far-right activist György Budaházy, whom she also pardoned on the occasion of the papal visit, she published the justification.

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On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also responded to the scandal, declaring that he would submit an amendment to the constitution so that in the future it would not be possible to pardon anyone who

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