BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police in Serbia have detained an ethnic Hungarian politician who is a former deputy prime minister, accusing him of corruption.
Jozef Kasa was detained Tuesday along with three others. He is suspected of abusing a managerial position in a state-run bank by issuing bad loans. Serbia's nationalist-led authorities have launched several anti-graft probes since coming to power in June, mostly against political opponents. The Balkan country must fight corruption for EU membership.
Kasa is an ex-leader of the Union of Vojvodina Hungarians, the ethnic Hungarian political party. The party took part in the 2000 opposition uprising against strongman Slobodan Milosevic, and Kasa served as the deputy PM in the first post-Milosevic government.
About 300,000 ethnic Hungarians live in Serbia, mostly in the northern Vojvodina province bordering Hungary.