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Jul 01, 2016

Hungary jails 10 illegal immigrants for several years

The illegal immigrants will be expelled after serving their terms, and barred from re-entering Hungary for several years

A Hungarian court has sentenced 10 migrants to between one and three years in jail for illegally crossing the border during a riot in September 2015, after Hungary built a razor wire fence to seal its frontier with Serbia, reports Reuters today.

It was the first case to come to trial under a law passed days before the incident that made illegal border crossing as part of a rioting crowd a punishable crime carrying a possible prison term between one and five years.

The mostly Syrian defendants were picked out of a crowd of hundreds that clashed with police.

They were all due to be expelled after serving their terms, and barred from re-entering Hungary for several years, according to the court ruling.