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Court Hands Prison Sentence to Migrants Breaking Through Röszke Border Fence

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.07.07.

An appeals court in Szeged, in southern Hungary, has sentenced four illegal migrants to one year imprisonment for breaking through the border fence at a road crossing in Röszke, on the Hungary-Serbia border, in January this year.

In its binding ruling passed on Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the two Syrian and two Palestinian defendants should be expelled from the country for two years once they have served their prison terms, thus reducing four years of expulsion in the primary ruling.

Migrants Storming Röszke Border Fence Receive Prison Sentences

The four migrants were part of a group of some 50 people that attempted to force entry into Hungarian territory on January 28. The migrants pulled the wire fence down and started running in. An officer shot in the air when seeing the “threatening crowd”, at which most of them retreated to Serbian territory.

Featured photo by Edvárd Molnár/MTI