Surprisingly fast progress – several experts assessed the fact that Gáspár Orbán got to the expensive and exclusive institution with a few months of military history with public money.
The head of the government, Gáspár Orbán, was one of the three Hungarian soldiers who took part in the course of the British military elite school, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, as a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Defense after September 2019. Telex. The portal published a photo of the graduates, which was published by the academy on its Facebook page: Gáspár Orbán can also be seen on it. In addition, Telex spotted an article in the Daily Telegraph on the ceremony at the end of January, in which the names of the prime minister’s son were mentioned among the graduates. The news portal wrote about all this after Our article published an article on Monday: Three Hungarian students were able to study with public money at one of the best military academies in the world. The tuition fee – as the Ministry of Defense reported to our newspaper – can be “up to 34 million forints” per person. The fact that the prime minister’s son became one of the chosen ones has been secreted by the state apparatus for months. We have previously received information that one of the Hungarian students of the elite academy may be the son of the Prime Minister. We contacted the Department of Defense but did not answer our questions. Therefore, we submitted a public interest data request, but to our question whether the son of the academy was the son of the head of government, the ministry said: this is not considered public data. We had also previously contacted the military academy, which referred our questions to the British Ministry of Defense, but it was also not stated there whether the prime minister’s son was among Hungarian soldiers. We approached the son of the head of government twice, but through a mediator he said: without the authorization of the Ministry of Defense, he could not comment on the matter. We contacted the press department of the ministry to allow Gáspár Orbán to make the statement, but we did not receive a reply. The posting of Gáspár Orbán is remarkable in several respects. He recently led another charismatic Christian community, and in the spring of 2019 he declared himself one of the founders of the House. Then the young man with a law degree turned to the army: he took a military oath in May 2019, was inaugurated as an officer on August 20, and had already traveled out in September as a Sandhurst Fellow. “It’s surprising that someone gets out to the world-famous military academy so quickly,” our two military sources responded to the prime minister’s son’s rapid progress. None of them could recall a case where someone could go on an elite military training so soon after joining the army, either to Germany or to various NATO courses. According to our information, one of the other two fellow soldiers applied to the Army in December 2017 and then took the oath in February 2018. The first Hungarian to study at the academy was Imre Porkoláb in 1994: he took part in the course by graduating from the Kossuth Lajos Military College and obtaining a degree in combat vehicle engineering. The Ministry of Defense did not reply to our paper that the other selected students also have such a short military history as Gáspár Orbán. Also: is a young person with such a short military history really best suited to study at one of the best and most expensive military academies in the world? From how many applicants were the three soldiers selected to participate in the training? What qualifications, military backgrounds, ranks do the selected students have? The Ministry and the Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister’s press chief, did not answer our question: do they not consider it incompatible to have the training of the Prime Minister’s son in one of the best and most expensive military academies in the world funded by Hungarian public funds? These questions are not answered in the statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday. In it – without mentioning Gáspár Orbán and the case – it was written: “In the Hungarian Armed Forces, everyone has the opportunity to apply for various courses, trainings, trainings, both at home and abroad.” As it was written, in recent years, 163 Hungarian officers have participated in various trainings in many countries around the world. “The Ministry of Defense rejects the accusations of left-wing MPs and, of course, gives them, their children, the same opportunity to apply for military service as anyone else,” the ministry wrote. Ágnes Vadai, DK Vice-Chairman of the Defense and Law Enforcement Committee, announced on Thursday that she would initiate the convening of the body. As he wrote in his statement, he is waiting, among other things, for an answer: “Why was Viktor Orbán’s son the” best “to study at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst?”; “How did you deserve to go to an elite academy that is unaffordable for Hungarians on Hungarian taxpayers’ money?” Vadai recalled that he had already submitted a written question following Monday’s article in Népszava.
Princes, Olympians, kings
The military academy in Sandhurst, southwest of London, is mentioned on a par with West Point in the US. Here he studied among others Heather Stanning, a two-time Olympic champion British rower; Prince William and Harry, the late King Hussein of Jordan and the current ruler of the country, II. Andullah; Henry I, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister. Also a student at the institution was Antony Beevor, who is now a star historian, or the Jamaican duo Devon Harris and Dudley Stokes, who became world-famous and celebrity as bobsledding players at the Winter Olympics. About a tenth of the students are foreigners.
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