Retrial in Roszke terror case begins

Ahmed H, the Syrian man convicted on terrorism charges in connection with a mass disturbances at the Roszke border crossing in the autumn of 2015, pleaded not guilty at the hearing on Monday.

During the first-level trial Ahmed H was represented by a local lawyer in Szeged, now he’s represented by a well-known star lawyer, former socialist Justice Minister Peter Barandy.

Balazs Hidveghi, communications director of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party said that Ahmed H must be working for the “Soros network”, this is why they are protecting him so much.

Earlier, an appeals court in Szeged dismissed in mid-June the first-instance ruling against the Syrian man convicted under terrorism charges for his role in a riot by migrants at Hungary’s Roszke border crossing with Serbia. The court ordered a new trial.

In the primary ruling passed by a Szeged court in November 2016, Ahmed H was sentenced to serve ten years in prison for terrorist activities involving illegal border crossing as well as incitement to violence in the context of a riot. The court in southern Hungary also ruled that at least two thirds of his term must be served before permanent expulsion from the country.

As part of his conviction, Ahmed H was sentenced for using a megaphone to direct migrants who were hurling rocks at police on the Hungarian border. The prosecution appealed for a longer prison term while the defence appealed for a dismissal of the terrorism charge and a reduced sentence in respect of the other charges.

Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
Photo: MTI

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