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Mar 01, 2017

Hungarian court convicts seven Syrian and Iraqi men for taking part in migrant riots

The Court of Appeal in the southern city of Szeged has convicted seven Syrian and Iraqi men for their role in a migrant riot at the Röszke border crossing in 2015

The Szeged Court of Appeal has convicted seven Syrian and Iraqi men for their role in a migrant riot at the Röszke border crossing in 2015.

However, only one man appeared at the court because the other six have already left Hungary and their lawyer said two of them currently live in western Europe.

According to MTI, the court ruled that they were guilty of illegally crossing the border between Hungary and Serbia.

Six were sentenced to one-year imprisonment and banned from Hungary for four years.

A seventh man who was using a megaphone to speak to the crowd during the riot was sentenced to two years in prison, reducing an earlier three-year sentence, and banned from Hungary for six years. The court said that the sentence is suspended for one year because of his poor state of health.

Last November, a Syrian man was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for his role in the 2015 migrant riot at the Röszke border crossing station. In its non-final ruling, the Szeged court said that the man was guilty of terrorist activities involving illegal border crossing as well as coercion and violence, committed as a participant in the riot.