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Hungarian MEP indicted for alleged spying on EU

A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has been indicted for allegedly spying on the European Union, prosecutors said.

Charges against Bela Kovacs, from the far-right Jobbik party, also include alleged fraud totalling €21,079 stemming from the fictitious employment of interns in the EU parliament, the Chief Investigative Prosecutor's Office said.

Prosecutors did not identify which country Kovacs was purportedly spying for, but earlier said that Hungary's counterintelligence service had been alarmed by his regular contacts with Russian diplomats and monthly visits to Moscow.

Kovacs has been a member of the EU parliament since 2010, and worked and studied in Russia for many years.

He has denied any links to Hungarian or foreign secret services.

Three others have been indicted in the fraud case.

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