MEP resigns after being caught at illegal sex party in Brussels

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Hungarian veteran Jozsef Szajer was amongst 25 people, mostly men, caught by Belgian officers at the illicit gathering on Friday night. When officers burst in on the sex party, the married MEP reportedly leapt from a first-floor window in a desperate attempt to evade the authorities. Brussels officers raided the apartment, which is above a bar just yards away from the city’s central police station, after noise complaints.

A statement by the local prosecutor said a passer-by reported a “man fleeing along the gutter” .

Mr Szajer was eventually caught by police officers outside on the street, just metres away from Brussels’ famous Grand Place square.

“The man’s hands were bloody,” the report said. “It is possible that he may have been injured by fleeing.”

Mr Szajer was escorted home by the police after drugs were found in his bag and he failed to provide any identification.

The Hungarian eventually revealed his diplomatic passport, leaving police unable to charge him for “violation of narcotics legislation” until they secured a waiver from Belgium’s foreign ministry. 

In a statement, Mr Szajer said: “After the police asked for my identity – since I did not have ID on me – I declared that I was an MEP.

“I did not use drugs. I offered to the police to take an instant test, but they did not do it.”

He added: “I deeply regret violating the Covid restrictions – it was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to pay the fine that occurs.

“With my resignation on Sunday I drew the political and personal consequences.

“I apologise to my family, to my colleagues, to my voters. I ask them to evaluate my misstep against a background of thirty years of devoted and hard work.

“The misstep is strictly personal. I am the one who owns responsibility for it.”

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Police swooped on the gathering on Friday night as part of a regular crackdown on illicit parties held in the city, which is currently under lockdown.

In a statement the city’s public prosecutor said: “About twenty people were fined for failure to comply with health measures following an evening party on the first floor of a building in the centre of Brussels.”

They were fined £225 for breaching the local Covid safety measures.

Mr Szajer, a 16-year veteran of the European Parliament, shocked colleagues by offering his resignation on Sunday.

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In a letter, the 59-year-old said the “strenuous give-and-take” of being an MEP had “become an ever greater burden”.

Mr Szajer is an influential member in Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, which is hostile to LGBT rights and supports traditional family values.

EU Parliament insiders insisted MEPs are not able to use their diplomatic immunity for avoiding punishment for misdemeanours not related to their work.

One source said: “There is nothing wrong with participating in a sex party of any kind.

“However, such kinds of meetings with many people are illegal under Belgian coronavirus laws.

“The fact of being covered by parliamentary immunity does not exempt them from obeying the law.”

A spokesman for the EU Parliament said the institution hadn’t been contacted by police about the incident.

He said: “Parliament doesn’t investigate the private life of people. If there was misconduct it is up to the relevant authorities to act.”

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