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Scandal-Hit Village Mayor Faces Court After “Hanging” Israeli Leaders In Public

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.07.15.

Proceedings have been launched against a scandal-hit Hungarian village mayor who is accused by the prosecutor’s office of inciting hatred against a community by staging an “execution” of dummies portraying Israeli leaders in the summer of 2014.

Mihály Zoltán Orosz, who leads the 1600-inhabitant village of Érpatak in the northeast of the country, is facing a suspended prison sentence for his performance, which featured a municipal employee as “henchman”. According to a statement issued by the local prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, the independent mayor gave a speech in front of the mayor’s office in the summer of 2014 in which he aimed to incite fear, antipathy and hatred against certain group and called for action against the alleged “attack”.

Orosz, whose scandalous dealings have already won him coverage in the international press, then had a municipal employee hang dummies portraying Israeli political leaders, hung a board with humiliating inscriptions in their neck and trampled upon a piece of paper resembling the Israeli flag but also including symbols of freemasonry. He later gave a similarly incendiary speech later that day and uploaded footage of both events to the Internet.

The prosecutor’s office has requested for a suspended jail sentence to be imposed on Orosz and the permanent blockage of the Internet data in question.