Hungarian deputy quits Fidesz after Brussels scandal, Orban says his acts ‘indefensible’

Jozsef Szajer, senior member of ruling Fidesz party delivers his speech during the party's campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections in Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian politician Jozsef Szajer, who was conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s strongest voice in the European Parliament, resigned from his ruling party as more details emerged of how he fled a gay sex party in Brussels by clambering down a gutter.

The affair is an embarrassment to Orban, a right-wing nationalist whose Fidesz party espouses its view of traditional Christian and family values and has campaigned against the country’s LGBT community.

Orban told the Magyar Nemzet newspaper that Szajer’s actions were “indefensible”.

“He took the only appropriate decision when he apologised and resigned from his position as member of the European Parliament and left Fidesz,” Orban said.

Police in Belgium, where gay sex and marriage as well as sex parties between consenting adults are legal, broke up the party last Friday because it was breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.

“We don’t sit around drinking tea. People are here for sex,” party organiser David Manzheley told Reuters at his apartment in central Brussels.

Reuters has not been able to reach Szajer for comment.

Szajer was a founding member of Fidesz and an ally of Orban for more than 30 years. In Brussels as a European deputy, he was the party’s leading force in the European Parliament and he had an instrumental role in rewriting Hungary’s constitution after Orban won elections in 2010.

He resigned as European deputy on Sunday, citing unspecified moral reasons. He said he regretted having broken Belgian lockdown rules.

Belgian police detained about 20 people at the house party.

Belgian prosecutors did not name anyone, including the 59-year-old Szajer, but said police had detained a man with initials S. J. and born in 1961 who had tried to flee the venue along the gutter and was found with narcotics in his backpack.

Szajer denied taking drugs and said he had offered to take a drugs test at the scene but police did not carry one out.

“The police said they had found ecstasy pills. They were not mine, I know nothing of who put them there and how. I told that to police,” he said in a statement.

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