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Tóásó Case: Misery Of Hungarian Maverick Previously Sentenced To Prison In Bolivia Continues

By Tamás Székely // 2016.03.08.

The United States of America refused the visa application of Előd Tóásó, a Hungarian national who was taken into unlawful pre-trial detention in Bolivia on terrorism charges for six years, Magyar Nemzet reported. The US Embassy in Budapest has declined to comment Tóásó’s case, the conservative daily noted. Tóásó was allowed to return to Hungary in April 2015 thanks to the help of the Baptist Charity and Hungary’s Foreign Ministry.

Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadic (photo: Baptist Charity / Foreign Minsitry / MTI)

Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadic (photo: Baptist Charity / Foreign Minsitry / MTI)

Although the Inter-American Court of Human Rights had approved Tóásó’s and fellow victims’ petition and a legal action has been launched against the South American country on 1st of March, the Hungarian man will not be able to testify at court since he was refused to enter the United States. Moreover, the entry permission of Tóásó’s sister, Edit, was also withdrawn by the USA just 12 hours before their plane took off in Budapest.

According to Előd Tóásó, he was offered a job in Bolivia as a web designer in 2009, and he had no other reason for traveling there but preparing a film shoot. However, he was arrested and held in pre-trial detention in Bolivia between April 2009 and April 2015 after Bolivian special forces cracked down on what was believed to be a terrorist unit in Santa Cruz.

Bolivian-Hungarian Eduardo Rózsa-Flores, ethnic Hungarian from Romania Árpád Magyarosi and Irish citizen Martin Dwyer died in the attack, while Előd Tóásó and Croatian national Mario Tadic were arrested and kept in detention under suspicion of participating in an armed uprising and terrorism. On February 20, 2015, Tóásó and Tadic were sentenced for five years and ten months as part of a plea bargain. Since they had been in detention for nearly six years, the sentence was considered completed and they were released.

via cover: photo: Martin Alipaz – EPA (via MTI)