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SYRIAN TO BE EXPELLED FROM HUNGARY FOR PART IN MIGRANT RIOTS

A court ruled that Syrian national Ahmed H., convicted earlier for his participation in migrants' clashes with police at Hungary’s border in 2015, will be put on probation and expelled from Hungary.
 

Court spokesman László Sörös told MTI that Ahmed H., convicted for “illegal border crossing committed as member of a rioting crowd as well as complicity in a terrorist act” last year, has already served two-thirds of his five-year term in pre-trial detention. Ahmed H. was sentenced to ten years in prison in the first instance, in 2016. According to the indictment, the defendant had “threatened to pull down a cordon and attack police; he spoke to the crowd through a loudspeaker several times, and threw objects in the direction of the officers in three instances and illegally crossed into Hungarian territory”. In its justification for the sentence, the court said that Ahmed H. had carried out terrorist activities through illegally crossing the border in a violent crowd and through violence against the police. An appeals court in southern Hungary overturned the sentence in 2017 and ordered a retrial, as a result of which H.’s term was halved in September last year.