Hungary: suspended prison term in graft case tied to US bans

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A Hungarian court has given a two-year suspended prison sentence to a man found guilty of being an accessory to corruption in a case that surfaced after the U.S. banned several Hungarian officials from entering the country because of suspected corruption.

The man, identified only as Viktor Andras T., allegedly offered tax breaks and other competitive benefits to an adviser of American food company Bunge in exchange for 2 billion forints ($7.3 million). The company, best known in Hungary for its cooking oil, rejected the offer and reported the case to U.S. authorities.

The court disagreed with prosecutors that the convicted man was the scheme's mastermind, saying that person has yet to be identified.

The defense and the prosecution both appealed the verdict.