In a statement, József Szàjer said he was “present” at the “private party” where police found about 20 people, including diplomats.
Sarah Durant, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecution, said police were called to an apartment above a bar in the historic city center at 9:30 a.m. last Friday after neighbors “complained about night noise and possible violations of measures.” the COVID-19 epidemic. “
Officers found about 20 people in the apartment, two of whom were between 43 and 33, and demanded diplomatic immunity, Durrant said.
During police checks, “a passerby reported to the police that he had seen a man flee to the drain,” Durrant explained.
“The man’s hand was bloody. He may have been injured while fleeing. Drugs were found in his backpack. The man was unable to present identity cards. He was escorted to his residence, where he identified himself on the basis of a diplomatic passport as SJ (1961).”
The prosecutor’s office said that the 59-year-old Hungarian MEP was being investigated for drug possession. “Proceedings are pending. Criminal proceedings may be instituted only after the competent authorities have waived the diplomatic or parliamentary immunity of the persons referred to above.”
Szajer denied drug use and said he was “deeply” sorry for violating Covid-19 restrictions. “I offered the police to take an immediate test, but they didn’t. Police said they found an ecstasy tablet, but it wasn’t mine, I don’t know who and how (correctly) it went,” he said. .
The rally, a few meters from the central police station in Brussels, broke Belgium’s blocking restrictions, which included an evening curfew and a cap for indoor gatherings for four people.
Official reports have been made of those who have violated Covid-19 measures. The standard fine for violating the restrictions on the coronavirus is € 250 (about $ 300).
“I am very sorry that I violated the COVID restrictions, it was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to stand up for the fine that is coming,” Szajer said.
The politician apologized to his family, colleagues and voters and asked them to “evaluate my missteps in the context of thirty years of dedication and hard work.”
“The deviation is strictly personal,” he added. “I am the only one who is responsible for it. I ask everyone not to extend it to my homeland or my political community.”
Szájer is a founding member of the ruling Fidesz party, led by nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and one of the co-authors of the country’s controversial constitution in 2010, which concluded marriage exclusively between men and women.
Fidesz recently formulated anti-gay views and strongly opposed the worldwide rights of women, girls and LGBTQ people.
Szájer was the head of the European Parliament’s delegation to Fidesz and served on Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.