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List of Suspected Agents Released

September 1, 2002

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ A Hungarian lawmaker has released a list of 10 high-ranking officials, including the prime minister, who are being investigated for suspicions they had links to the feared communist-era secret services.

Imre Mecs, chairman of a parliamentary committee looking into the communist-era past of present and former government officials, said Saturday he released the preliminary list to avoid more media speculation. The newspaper Magyar Hirlap published a list of possible names last week.

``Whether affected or not, many people were making statements to the press and everything was already out in the open,″ Mecs told The Associated Press.

Those listed are only suspected of having collaborated with the secret services before Hungary’s return to democracy in 1990, Mecs said. ``These are people about whom we have gathered some information and the committee would like to talk to them,″ he added.

The list includes only one member of current government, Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy, whose admission to having worked as a counterespionage agent in 1977-1982 put the issue back in the spotlight.

Three of those listed _ Imre Boros, Janos Martonyi, Laszlo Nogradi _ were ministers in the center-right government that was replaced by Medgyessy’s administration after April 2002 elections.

Two former ministers on the list met with the committee and cleared their names, Mecs said.

A separate committee dealing with Medgyessy’s secret service activities is expected to present its findings when parliament reconvenes in the second week of September.

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