Tamas Gyarfas, former president of the Hungarian Swimming Association and current member of the FINA Executive, has been arrested on suspicion of ordering the murder of a media rival in 1998.
Reuters and other media outlets report that Hungarian police detained Gyarfas this week, suspecting him of involvement in the murder of Janos Fenyo, a media tycoon killed in the late 1990s. Fenyo owned a number of newspapers, magazine and a TV network when he was killed by a flurry of submachine gun bullets while in his car at a traffic light in Budapest on Feb. 11, 1998, per Reuters and The Washington Post. Gyarfas was also involved in media ownership at the time.
Hungarian police say they reopened the case of Fenyo’s murder last October.
Gyarfas was the head of Hungary’s swimming federation from 1993 until 2016, when he resigned after criticism from some of the nation’s top swimmers. In 2017, though, he was appointed by FINA President Julio Maglione to serve on the 8-person FINA Executive, a committee made up of the international swimming federation’s president, five vice presidents, honorary treasurer and one member to be nominated by the president.
LEN, for whom Gyarfas serves as treasurer, released this statement on the matter:
“In the wake of the media reports on the developing case related to LEN Treasurer Tamas Gyarfas, LEN keeps monitoring the situation and waits for any development in the investigation.”
FINA has not publicly commented.