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Former FINA vice president convicted of incitement to murder

Tamás Gyárfás, the former vice president of FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) and treasurer of LEN (now European Aquatics) was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Budapest court this past week for ordering the murder of a rival businessman.

Tamas Gyárfás before the verdict was announced. (Screenshot: ATV Magyarszág)

Media tycoon János Fenyő was gunned down in his car with a submachine gun fitted with a silencer in his car at a busy Budapest intersection on February 11, 1998. Now 74, Tamás Gyárfás was found guilty of "incitement to premeditated murder" by the Budapest Regional Court in the presence of heavy security.

During the trial in Budapest, the city to which World Aquatics is relocating its headquarters following an agreement with the Hungarian government, Gyárfás said he had "nothing to do'' with János Fenyő's death. He said the whole affair had "ruined" his life, according to AFP.

The murder shocked Hungary and the subsequent investigation traced the murder to hitman Jozef Roháč. In the trials that led to Rohac being jailed, he testified that Gyárfás had ordered the killing. 

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