Four found guilty over Hungary Roma killings
A dog sits in front of the door of a Roma home after a grenade attack killed two adults and injured two children there, in Pecs, some 200 kms south of Budapest, on November 19, 2008. Four Hungarian men were found guilty Tuesday of killing six Roma including a five-year-old child in a wave of brutal racially-motivated attacks between 2008 and 2009. Life sentences were handed down to Arpad Kiss, Istvan Kiss and Zsolt Peto, while a fourth defendant, Istvan Csontos — who served as a driver to his accomplices — was given a 13-year prison sentence.
In one of the most gruesome attacks, a Roma father and his five-year-old son were gunned down as they tried to flee their house, which the gang had set on fire. Police work at a house where two Roma people were killed by unidentified gunmen in the village of Nagycsecs, about 170 kms from Budapest, on November 3, 2008.
Police security was heavy inside and outside the court building for the verdict, which ends a two-and-a-half year trial, and comes a few days after the anniversary of the last attack on August 2, 2009. Prosecutors said the four defendants, all hard-core fans of the Debrecen football club in northeastern Hungary with neo-Nazi links, had had run-ins with Roma in the past.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Citizen