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Hungary jails ‘terrorist’ over migrant border conflict

The chained feet of Syrian-Cypriot Ahmed Hamed at a courtroom in Szeged, Hungary, March 14 2018Picture copyright

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Ahmed Hamed denied going to the border to trigger issues

A Hungarian courtroom has sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to seven years in jail for illegally crossing the border from Serbia in September 2015.

Ahmed Hamed was additionally convicted of being an confederate in “terrorist acts”.

Prosecutors stated he had used a loudspeaker to handle lots of of migrants who then rushed via a gate in a newly accomplished border fence.

Amnesty International condemned Hungary for utilizing anti-terror legal guidelines towards refugees and migrants.

The incident in 2015 led to clashes between migrants and Hungarian police, who deployed tear fuel and water cannon to push the migrants again.

“We didn’t go to the border to trigger issues,” Hamed was quoted as saying by native information web site Index. “Neither my tradition, nor my faith would encourage that.”

Additionally in September 2015, a Hungarian camerawoman was filmed kicking out at migrants as they rushed previous. The identical courtroom within the city of Szeged gave her three years’ probation for that.

Accusations of racism

The incident involving Mr Hamed is usually talked about by right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban when he talks of the necessity to “defend” Hungary’s borders.

He described Hamed as a “terrorist” final 12 months.

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There was chaos on the border in September 2015

Mr Orban is campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform forward of an election on eight April that he and his nationalist Fidesz celebration are anticipated to win.

Fidesz has fiercely opposed European Union quotas designed to distribute migrants throughout the bloc, saying they pose a risk to Western values and tradition.

Its stance has led to accusations of racism from the United Nations human rights chief.

‘Absurd choice’

Responding to the courtroom’s choice, Eda Seyhan of Amnesty Worldwide stated it mirrored “the damaging confluence of Hungary’s draconian counter-terrorism legal guidelines and its cruel crackdown on refugees and migrants.

“Ahmed, who was merely making an attempt to assist his household flee Syria, has been unjustly demonised each inside and outdoors the courtroom. Not one of the proof towards Ahmed constitutes ‘an act of terror’ and his conviction is a blatant misuse of terrorism-related provisions.

“This absurd choice comes as a devastating blow for Ahmed, his spouse and his two younger daughters.”

The holder of a Cypriot passport and so an EU citizen, Mr Hamed was allowed to enter Hungary and not using a visa however was on the border to assist family and different Syrian residents, information company MTI quoted his lawyer as saying in the course of the trial.

A couple of million migrants entered the EU in 2015, most of them passing via Hungary.

A word on terminology: The BBC makes use of the time period migrant to consult with all folks on the transfer who’ve but to finish the authorized technique of claiming asylum. This group consists of folks fleeing war-torn international locations resembling Syria, who’re more likely to be granted refugee standing, in addition to people who find themselves looking for jobs and higher lives, who governments are more likely to rule are financial migrants.

Yasir Ali
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