Hungary: Novak resigns over child abuse pardon scandal

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The president of Hungary has resigned live on television over a decision to pardon a man convicted of covering up a child sexual abuse case. It was revealed last week President Novak had given clemency to a man jailed for forcing children to retract sexual abuse claims against a director of a state-run children’s home. Protests calling for her to step down had been growing in Hungary. Ms Novak apologised and said she ‘made a mistake’ in granting the pardon. Judit Varga, the former minister of justice who approved the pardon, has also resigned from her new role leading the European elections campaign for Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party.” (02/11/24)