2013. november 29., péntek

BKV case: it was a normal contest

The BKV case trial continued with the former leader of the department of investment’s hearing today on the Kecskemét Tribunal. The witness was heard in the count of the C. C. Soft Ltd. accusation. On the hearing he made it obvious: this company made the best offer for the configuration of the passenger informant system.

The former leader of the department started to work at the transportation company in 1974, and in the lack of 10 days he was working there for 35 years, until May, 2008. He led the department of the investment from March, 1997 until August, 2007, when because of the realignment he became to the front of the developmental department. About the questioned period – summer of 2007 – he said that at that time the department controlled 170-180 investments. 

2013. november 23., szombat

The accusations with the C.C. Soft are misty – reporting from the court room

Not one question came up in the people after the Thursday’s hearing of the BKV case. The technical terms like interface XM 25, data link, guards just fluttered. The court’s and the reader’s situation is not easy. We will try to clear this up, howsoever the situation with the I/14 count seems like misty.

Because of course what just happened in a ”shallow and rough-and-ready” way?

There is a several billion forint project, in it’s maiden name, the whole reconstruction of the Szentendre’s local train, which is proceed in it’s own way, in practice it had to be ready for the fall of 2007. However the modernization of the passenger informant system is dropped out of it, which of course should be do in lightening steps, after all the fall is coming, the school season is coming.

BKV case: absurd mix-up in the court room – Stop.hu article

On the Kecskemét Tribunal they would prove the condition of the local train’s passenger informant system in 2008 with photos which were taken in 2011. From this it became a comical mix-up, but they still couldn’t prove the accusation.

On the Thursday’s hearing on the carpet it was again the accusations of the contracts with the C. C. Soft. The witnesses who were heard were the responsible people in the department of the investment of the local train’s passenger informant system. One of them, F. P. as he said, he feels that in the October of 2007 at the explosion of the media scandal he became in the position like this because he was inexperienced and manageable. He stated that for November, 2007 the testing could start and however a lot of mistakes were revealed, the workers of the C. C. Soft did everything for the insurance of the system’s working. The witness stated in his investigation testimony that Zsolt Balogh, that time deputy CEO of the BKV, took in the decision power. With this he would have support the concept of the accusation but for the questions of the defense he said that from the defendants, no one ordered him to any outlawry or committal of an abuse. Attila Antal, the former CEO of the BKV, in his observation he noted that if F. P. wouldn’t have signed the achievement certification which are in the accusation then they couldn’t paid the C. C. Soft, and then the project would have been stopped which the witness was responsible for. 

BKV case: the local train’s display is on the carpet

On the yesterday’s hearing of the BKV the counts with the C. C. Soft were on the carpet. The court heard two witnesses who were the responsible people of the project in the company’s department of investments in 2007 when the company established the passenger informant system of the Szentendre’s local train. 

For the end of the day it revealed: during their activity they had no sign to the management of the transportation company that would include that the project wouldn’t fulfill.

2013. november 12., kedd

The official people who works in the BKV case can get 10 years

The bill submitted by MSZP not long ago would punish official people with the possibility of 10 years imprisonment – that way also the prosecutors and the investigators working on the BKV case – who produce made-up evidences or if they participate in this action with malfeasant tools.

The defendants and witnesses involved in the BKV case during the hearing reported one after the other that they’ve made their previous testimonies which were incriminatory to others under humiliating circumstances, directionally, coercion interrogations as a result of the interrogating investigators’ and policemen’s threats.

Even Zsolt Balogh, the case’s key witness and at the same time defendant also admitted that the reason behind his incriminatory statements (for example about the Nokia box) during the election campaign was that he wanted to meet the expectations and to avoid jail. “I’m not a hero, I didn’t want anything else just to go home” – he confessed before the court.

Coercions, magisterial impositions in the Hagyó-case - SUMMARY

Gábor Tóth police superintendent during the whole investigation of the BKV case stated confidently about the process. He undertook it with name that they have the investigation in their hand and he was talking about new evidences and about conclusions what they got from the investigation testimonies.

Contrarily the testimonies which were heard in the case’s trial in Kecskemét from the defendants and from the witnesses sharply confronted with the testimonies of the concerned in the investigation period. From the main defendants and from the witnesses most of them unsaid their investigation testimonies and in the court they did a new testimony. They said about their earlier, incriminatory testimonies against others that they only did it because of police threat, in the exchange of their lives, in humiliation circumstances, it was directional and under coercion.

Ernő Mesterházy, the former advisor of Gábor Demszky on the court he offended the investigators, he called his brought to justice a recklessly violator process. He indicated that he is standing uncomprehendingly in front of the process against him which, according to him „conception, recklessly violator and it’s obligate to serve a political, human, and financial disable”. Moreover he said that according to the record the questioning was for almost 11 hours but the result was only two pages long, the investigation authorities humiliated him and tried to convince him to say an incriminatory testimony against Miklós Hagyó and if he does it than they will let him go from detention.

Capacity and competence – we report from the court room

The consulting contracts signed by AAM Ltd were discussed again on Tuesday at the BKV case’s hearing.

The last Tuesday hearing was an interesting day in the history of the „strudel dough length” BKV case. The honorable court discussed the count regarding the AAM Ltd’s consulting contracts, obviously not for the first time. Given that more witnesses have already spoken regarding these contracts, but now the company’s onetime CEO was standing before the court.

And he didn’t hold himself back.

For the judge’s question he already stated it in his first sentence that he doesn’t understand how the company lead by him got into this case. In his person he is feeling himself offended that regarding the AAM Ltd’s activities because of the politics and the media, the company’s professional reputation has been damaged. This thought followed through the witness’s testimony.

With the contract splitting, the BKV lost billions – Népszava article

The AAM Ltd’s consulting contracts were discussed again on Tuesday, on another day of the BKV case’s hearings. According to the AAM Ltd’s onetime president and CEO, regarding the total investment the amount of loss can be measured in 10 million forints what they could’ve saved if the BKV wouldn’t have terminated the contract with the company.

The witness was a founder of the AAM Ltd. in 1994, where he was managing director until 2003 and then CEO until December 31 2007, since then he is the president of the company. The AAM finished his first job for the BKV in 1996 and in the following years they’ve been in continuous contact with the transportation company completing annually 1-2 assignments for 5-10 million forints. Since 1999 administrative authorities were also clients of the company, as market leaders they were in the BKV’s prequalification system for 15 years. The company employed 230 people in 2007 from which 140 had 5-8 years of experience. 

The AAM did a useful work for the BKV

The court heard another witness about the contract of the investment made in Subway line 4 on the BKV case’s Thursday hearing. After the hearing’s day it is getting cleaner: the AAM Ltd. did a useful work for the BKV and for the owner, Budapest.

Z.D. who was summoned as a witness was working at the BKV since 1988, until September 2007 when Attila Antal, that time CEO of the BKV terminated the contract by common assent. Since 1990 he was working as project manager, decision preparatory and as a public procurement expert, then from 2004 from the ask of Botond Aba he was leading the directorate of the innovation and public procurement until July, 2007, when after the organizational converts he got into the head of the engineering directorate as the deputy CEO.

2013. november 11., hétfő

Remarkable turn: the project director doesn’t accuse Miklós Hagyó

There has been a turn in the BKV case on the Tuesday hearing, since the leader of the Subway line 4 project company unsaid his negative statements given by him during the investigation concerning the first accused Miklós Hagyó as a result of the questions of the defense and the documentary evidences.

At the Kecskemét Tribunal the witness who was the leader of the innovation Éva H. for example stated regarding Hagyó’s press person that the way she knew that the lady worked for the former deputy lord mayor is that he talked with her about it. However the defenders presented contracts that have proven that the witness has left the project before Éva H. started to work at the City Hall.

Hagyó case: according to a former AAM coworker the analyses for the BKV were necessary- HVG article

A witness considered the analytical and the subway investment screening materials made by AAM Ltd. to BKV – who were associates during that time - useful and necessary on the Thursday hearing of the case against Miklós Hagyó former socialist deputy lord mayor and his associates at the Kecskemét Tribunal.

The AAM signed 3 contracts in 2007, during the time of the accusation with the BKV. In these contracts they undertook the assignment of screening the subway investment, supporting the coordinating tasks of the Subway line 4 project, and also the expert support of the highlighted projects of the transportation company. The witness - who was the leading consultant of the AAM Ltd. during the time of the accusation - firmly traversed those statements of the indictment which says that the company performed unnecessary services for the BKV Ltd.

BKV case: the consultancy wasn’t unnecessary

The BKV case’s new testimony also didn’t favor the accusation: it has been revealed that based on the consulting contract - the subject of the accusation - an outside company did a useful and important job for the transportation company regarding the Subway line 4 investment

The witness who requested his personal information’s closed handling and who was questioned on the hearing was working as the company’s leading consultant. The witness answered the questions about 3 contracts, including the consulting contracts related to Subway line 4, which was also discussed.

As he said, the company already worked for the BKV in 1996. He stated about the contract related to the subway that the person who was responsible for the investment contacted them about the company making a study regarding the situation of the project. 

The actual signing of the contract happened after the arrangements have been made with the former CEO of the BKV. There was a two week deadline for the first phase, so the fulfillments have been made before the signing of the contract and has been started right after the verbal agreement. 8-10 consultants worked on the assignment in 12-13 hours a day. The witness gave a detailed report about the work they’ve done. It has been revealed from his report that they’ve done a great amount of work in a short time.

2013. november 10., vasárnap

Hagyó case - The number 31 witness called two contracts useful

The Hagyó case’s number 31 witness considered two BKV contracts important and useful on the Tuesday hearing at the Kecskemét Tribunal. They questioned the witness in connection to the accusations of the AAM Zrt. and the Montana Zrt.
The witness was brought to BKV Zrt. by the recommendation of Gábor Demszky, former lord mayor of the SZDSZ and he worked as deputy chief executive officer at BKV from April 2007 to December 2008 then left the transportation company with a several 10 million forints “step-down fee”.

They projected the electronic mails - which were sent by Montana to BKV - on the wall of the courtroom, but no substantial information connected to the project could’ve been found.

The accusation weakened again in the BKV case

The BKV case continued with the hearing of two witnesses at the Kecskemét Tribunal. Both of them made a statement about the investment made in Subway line 4, and about a job ordered by a consulting firm. They didn’t confirm the accusations.

One of the witnesses of the BKV case’s Tuesday hearing was Imre Ikvai-Szabó, who was working as Budapest’s deputy lord mayor at the same time as Miklós Hagyó. While Hagyó was responsible for the professional matters at the cabinet, Ikvai-Szabó was responsible for the financial ones. As he told, the disbursement system of the public utility companies was regulated so closely, that in practice, the City Hall didn’t have a say in the matter. He and Hagyó primarily dealt with contracts that exceeded the 5-10 billion forint value, such as the 500 billion forint worth Subway line 4 projects. He didn’t understand that meanwhile they dissect half million forint worth contracts at the hearing.

Coercion interrogations, magisterial malfeasances in the Hagyó case – WITNESSES (5th part) – RELOADED

In the hearings period of the BKV case, which is became called as the Hagyó case, the defendants and the witnesses in the case recalled their testimonies which was the biggest storm stirred

A lot of them referred to the fact that during the investigation against the Public Transportation Ltd. of Budapest and against a few former leaders of Budapest there happened several magisterial malfeasances. Ones reported about coercions, others revealed a lot of malpractices from the police during the investigation.

The police documents are bristles from the caveats. The defendants brought the attention to the court for falsely dated, lost documents and for documents which can have the forgery suspicion.

Our blog started a series for the explorations of these malfeasances. On the fifth round please get to know another case’s defendant – which known as the airport bribery- , György Sziebert’s story, observations. 

What are the concrete accusations from the prosecution against Hagyó in the connection with the subway line 4?

The BKV case continued in the Kecskemét court on the Tuesday’s hearing with the count which is about the study of the Subway line 4. The I/21. count numerically is the most remarkable accusation against Miklós Hagyó. Nevertheless that the making of the reports about the project wasn’t even in the scope of the former deputy lord mayor.

According to the accusation the unneeded study was ordered by the BKV from the AAM Ltd. for 50 million forints, but according to the accusation the city hall should have paid for it. According to the indictment in the end of December, 2006, Hagyó ordered Attila Antal who was at that time the CEO of the BKV that he has to get the analysis work done with the AAM Ltd. But about from the indictment it doesn’t come out clearly if the accusation entail against Hagyó that the quid pro quo of the contract should have been paid from other resource, or that the contract per se was unneeded. 

BKV case: the project which is hampered from inside

They heard more witnesses, including az expert on the Thursday’s BKV hearing in Kecskemét. If it wouldn’t be about a serious issue we could bravely state that the result turned out to be funny.

The expert IT witness earlier called the passenger informant system on the line of the local train a homemade do it yourself. At that time he stated that the system was working on 76 percent and according to him it didn’t even count as working. But now it turned out that the expert didn’t possess neither with profession in the connection of transportation nor with experience. For the answer of the questions from the defense he answered that during the audit he was only checking directly only one station where he was talking to BKV workers, and the other displays he only saw it when he passed at the other stations. He also said that he didn’t have time to disarm and check any of it.