A police decision to close a corruption probe linked to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s family “strengthens doubts” about the independence of Hungarian law enforcement, says a top EU official. Police spokesman Kristof Gal said on Tuesday that a probe opened in February on the basis of findings by the EU’s European AntiFraud Office (OLAF) had been terminated. A “crime did not take place,” he told the Hungarian news agency MTI. But Inge Graessle, head of the EU’s budget control committee, said on Wednesday that the termination of the Hungarian probe was “surprising” and the OLAF report contained “strong evidence”. The decision “leaves and strengthens doubts on the independence of Hungarian law-enforcement authorities and reinforces the need of a real tool to protect EU financial interests in future,” Graessle tweeted. In January, OLAF said it had uncovered “serious irregularities” and a “conflict of interest” in Hungarian public-lighting projects involving a firm once controlled by Orba...

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