Budapest bomber gets life

László P was handed a sentence of at least 25 years imprisonment for planting a bomb in Budapest in 2016

The so-called Budapest bomber has received a life sentence for planting a bomb in the city center in 2016.

The Municipal Court handed down a life sentence of at least 25 years imprisonment to the man who has been in custody since the attack.

During the attack on September 24th, 2016, two police officers were wounded, one of them with life-threatening injuries, when the bomb exploded beside a shop entrance in Budapest’s central Teréz körút.

László P was detained in Keszthely in western Hungary on October 19th last year on charges of a premeditated terrorist attack targeting the authorities.

Reports suggest the suspect had admitted to charges brought against him during the investigation but withdrew his confession during the court hearing. He further refused to appear in court. According to MTI, his mental health was examined by experts.

The defense pleaded for the suspect’s acquittal, while the prosecutors asked for life imprisonment on multiple charges. The ruling, which can be appealed, was announced in the suspect’s absence on Wednesday.