Hungarian journalist investigating fuel mafia beaten up

A journalist who had exposed the doings of Hungary's fuel-oil mafia in the 1990s was recovering in hospital Sunday after she was found bound and badly beaten on the banks of the Danube river, Hungarian television reported.

Hungarian journalist investigating fuel mafia beaten up
A journalist who had exposed the doings of Hungary's fuel-oil mafia in the 1990s was recovering in hospital Sunday after she was found bound and badly beaten on the banks of the Danube river, Hungarian television reported.

Iren Karman, who had gained notoriety for her investigative stories about the activities of the fuel mafia and written a book on the subject, was abducted by two persons Friday evening.

Karman, a mother of three told Hungarian TV from her hospital bed that she was walking home when the two unknown assailants stopped her, beat her up and bound her. They then shoved her into a car and she was left lying on the banks of the Danube.

Police aimed to question Karman later Sunday.

Government and opposition politicians, as well as journalists' groups, expressed their dismay at the attack.

Karman, after her book about the fuel-oil mafia's operations, is currently working on a documentary film on the subject.

The fuel-oil mafia's method chiefly involved infusing an additive to fuel oil, which was subsidised by the state, to convert it for use as diesel fuel. The practice ended at towards the end of the 1990s when the government stopped subsidising fuel oil, making the practice no longer profitable.

Last autumn, Karman's car had been broken into, with thieves coming away with documents and film materials which have not yet been recovered.

Istvan Sandor, a former police investigator who had supplied the journalist with information in the past, said that lately Karman had received many 'warnings' from mafia circles urging her to stop her investigations.
Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2007, 19:01
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