Hungary court acquits 'morally incorrect' journalist who kicked refugees
Hungary Hungary court acquits 'morally incorrect' journalist who kicked refugees
Supreme court rules Petra LÃ¡szlÃ³ was incorrectly charged over 2015 incident on Serbian border
A Hungarian television camera operator who made headlines in 2015 after tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police has been acquitted by the countryâs supreme court.
âThe video reporter was acquitted owing to the lack of a violation,â a court statement said on Tuesday, after judges ruled that Petra LÃ¡szlÃ³ had not been correctly charged by lower courts.
LÃ¡szlÃ³ caused outcry in September 2015 when she tripped a man who was running with a child in his arms, and kicked another child near the town of Roszke, close to the border with Serbia.Stories of 2015: Syrian refugee tripped by Hungarian camera operator Read more
Europe was in the midst of a wave of migration during which a large group had broken through a Hungarian police line.
The supreme court said it considered the context of âan assault by several hundred migrants fleeing a police interventionâ.
It deemed that LÃ¡szlÃ³âs act, âwhile morally incorrect and illicit, was a disruption, not vandalismâ. That was the charge brought against her in lower courts, for which she was sentenced in January 2017 to three years probation.
The camerawoman, who was fired over her actions, had been working for N1TV, an internet-based television station close to Hungaryâs far-right Jobbik party.
âI turned and saw several hundred people charging toward me, it was quite incredibly frightening,â she said.
The Syrian father who she tripped and his son obtained asylum in Spain, where the father landed a job with a football coaching school and his son ran with Cristiano Ronaldo onto the pitch in Madrid before a match.Top ics
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