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Jan 17, 2017

Hungarian prosecutor calls for tougher sentence for migrant kicking camerawoman

A Hungarian court sentenced Petra László to three years’ probation for disorderly conduct. If she does not commit another offense during that period, the conviction will be dropped

A Hungarian prosecutor has appealed for a tougher sentence for a camerawoman who kicked migrants as they ran across a field near the Röszke border in southern Hungary in September 2015.

According to MTI, a Hungarian court sentenced Petra László to three years’ probation for disorderly conduct. If she does not re-offend during that period, the conviction will be dropped.

Prosecutor’s office spokesman Ferenc Szanka said the appeals court should establish that she had deliberately aimed a kick at a Syrian man and his child, who fell over, and the court should impose a fine.

In the original indictment, the prosecutor said that the suspect “had not been motivated by the complainants’ being migrants”.

László said in her defense that she had been “scandalized” by the behavior of the migrants who had broken through a police cordon, but she had only wanted to “keep people at a distance” and “help the police”.