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Jan 31, 2020

Migrants sentenced by Szeged court after storming Hungary-Serbia border

Police prevented more than 60 migrants from entering Hungary, but a handful managed to cross the border. Five have been sentenced.

Five migrants arrested after storming the Hungary-Serbia border fence on Tuesday morning have been sentenced by a Szeged court.

According to MTI, four of the men, two Syrians and two Palestinians, must serve a year in prison. They also received a four-year expulsion order from Hungary under the first-instance ruling.

A fifth man, an Algerian who scaled the border fence independently of the crowd of migrants, was sentenced to ten months in prison. The court also ordered his expulsion for a period of four years.

The men were part of a group of some 60 plus migrants who tried to break through the border fence near Röszke early on Tuesday. Police prevented the majority of people from entering the country, while a handful managed to cross the border.