In 2018, a man was found guilty of pressuring the victims of sexual abuse in a children’s home to drop charges. He was sentenced to over three years in prison. However, in April 2021, Hungarian President Katalin Novak granted him a pardon, citing her belief that he did not take advantage of the vulnerability of the children he supervised.
The revelation led to intense pressure on Novak to resign. The Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, also resigned after being criticized for her role in the pardon decision. It is worth noting that while the presidency is not a central position in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban is considered the head of state.
Novak has since acknowledged her mistake and stated that she made the decision based on insufficient information about the case. She has apologized for any harm caused by her actions and has vowed to work towards ensuring that justice is served for all victims of sexual abuse.