New Life, New Mission for Ex-Jobbik Leader

October 21, 2014 – In The News
The Jewish Week

Michael Sweet was quoted in The Jewish Week article, “New Life, New Mission for Ex-Jobbik Leader." Full text can be found in the October 21, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Attorney Michael Sweet is assisting the European Jewish Heritage Foundation and the Action and Protection Foundation in Hungary in their goal to stop the growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

Sweet, who is working with the two groups to shut down, a racist website based in California has gone to the federal district court in San Francisco to learn the identities of those behind the website.

Civil and criminal actions have started against in Hungary, where it is illegal for citizens to promote anti-Semitism, Sweet notes. The charges are on hold until the identities of those involved are learned.

Sweet served a subpoena upon Bela Varga, a man whom Sweet believes is connected to the website. After appearing in court and asking for a new hearing date, Varga allegedly harassed and threatened to kill Sweet. Varga was arrested in May and released on $250,000 bail. After failing to appear at two hearings in San Francisco a warrant was issued for his arrest. It was later learned that he reportedly fled to Canada.

Sweet has also taken legal action against the northern California company, Cloudflare, which he believes helped transmit the website on the Internet.

“The focus is on stopping these hate sites,” Sweet explained. “Cloudflare has provided some information and we are asking for more. … Our action in the U.S. is to conduct discovery in support of the criminal and civil actions in Hungary.”