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Suspected Syrian Terrorist to Stay in Detention

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.22.

A Budapest court has extended custody of a Syrian man arrested in Budapest in March suspected of participating in murders as a member of the Islamic State organisation.

According to the court’s statement on Monday, the man is believed to have participated in at least 10 brutal executions by the terrorist organization in Syria in 2016. Under the court’s ruling, he will remain in custody until the primary court rules on the case. The current court decision limits his custody to until Sept. 24, however.

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The suspect’s attorney appealed for his client’s release, arguing that the evidence presented by the prosecutor such as tapped telephone calls, information provided by the police of other countries, video footage of the killings as well as his own testimony did not support the charge.

The 27-year-old suspect was detained at Budapest’s international airport after he produced false travel documents for himself and a woman in his company. His Islamic State connection was uncovered by the Hungarian and Belgian authorities.

Featured photo illustration by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI.