Court to hear 100 witnesses in trial against Roma leader
<p>Budapest, October 6 (MTI) - Kecskemet City Court in central Hungary plans to hear around one hundred witnesses in the ongoing trial of Roma National Council leader Orban Kolompar and eight other accused, the judge said at a hearing on Tuesday.</p>
The trial which started in November last year involves charges of embezzlement, document forgery, abuse of financial position, the violation of European Economic Community financial interests and the violation of accounting regulations.
Kolompar said at Tuesday s hearing that press reports had distorted the case and he proposed that the media should be allowed to make video and audio recordings at the trial because "hundreds of thousands of Roma are watching the events with anticipation".
Judge Eva Polereczki refused the request, saying that she would not change her earlier decision that such recordings are allowed only when the charges and verdict are announced.
Kolompar is accused of spending 5.07 million forints (EUR 19,000) of the Roma Council s money, issuing fake invoices for the use of 7.2 million forints won from the National Employment Public Foundation for developing a Roma employment network and acquiring 145.5 million forints from the European Union employment fund unlawfully.
Kolompar has denied all the charges.