The suspects of the Antifa attacks in Budapest will remain behind bars for the time being after a court extended the arrest of two of the alleged attackers by three months, Magyar Nemzet reports. The mostly foreign anti-fascists organized a manhunt in the Hungarian capital in February, and authorities are currently searching for six German citizens among the perpetrators.
The Buda Central District Court has extended the arrest of two suspects of the anti-fascist attacks until 14 November, the press department of the Metropolitan Court of Budapest confirmed to Magyar Nemzet. The order is not yet final.
As Hungary Today reported earlier, a total of four attacks had taken place in the Hungarian capital in February. It soon became clear to the police that the attacks were part of a series.
A picture from a video showing one of the attacks in Budapest. Photo: Antifa Facebook
As it turned out, the only thing that linked the victims was their clothing. They were all wearing either camouflage patterned clothes, and black jackets or so-called bomber jackets.
These would suggest that they were right-wing and had arrived in Budapest to commemorate the day of the outbreak in 1945. There was no communication from the attackers, they attacked without any sound, they did not say they were doing it for the clothes and for their presumption about the victims political approach.
Fact In Hungary, 11 February is the “Day of Honor”, commemorating the day when German and Hungarian troops attempted to breakout from Buda on the evening of 11 February 1945. In the Battle of Budapest, German-Hungarian troops surrounded in the Buda Castle district made a concerted attack in a westerly direction to reach the contiguous German battle line. This is one of the biggest annual events of the far right in Hungary, and many people from abroad also usually attend.
The perpetrators followed each of the victims around the city for a long period of time. There were around 15 perpetrators, who attacked in various configurations. The police finally caught some of the suspects on the same weekend the attacks occurred, four in total, including a German man, a German woman, an Italian woman and a Hungarian woman.
Some of the suspected attackers turned out to be part of the so-called Hammerbande (Hammer Gang), a left-wing extremist storm troop supported by Antifa.
One of the suspects is Johann G., identified by Hungarian newspapers as Johann Guntermann, also known as “Gucci”. Four of his comrades-in-arms stood trial recently before the Dresden Higher Regional Court (OLG) on charges of forming a criminal organization, including his fiancée Lina Engel, also named by Hungarian news sites. The social education worker and the co-defendants were accused of attacking 13 victims in Germany and injuring 13 men, some of them seriously.
The main defendant, Lina Engel, was eventually sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment, her accomplices Lennart Zaphod Arning to three years, Philipp Jonathan Mohr to three years and three months, and Jannis Rohling to two years for forming a criminal organization and dangerous bodily harm.
The Budapest Police Directorate, working closely with German authorities, has so far identified ten of the alleged attackers and arrested four of them. Of these, one Hungarian has been released, a German woman is under criminal investigation, and an Italian woman and Tobias E. from Germany are in pre-trial detention awaiting the conclusion of the investigation in Budapest. Six German Antifa members are still wanted.
Featured photo via Facebook/Bremen Antifa