Court hands life sentence in Budapest bombing case
The Municipal Court on Wednesday handed down a life sentence of at least 25 years imprisonment to a man charged with exploding a bomb in central Budapest in 2016.
In the attack on September 24, two police officers were wounded, one of them with life-threatening injuries, when the bomb exploded beside a shop entrance in Budapest’s central Teréz Avenue.
The suspect, known as László P, was detained in Keszthely, in western Hungary, on October 19 last year on charges of a premeditated terrorist attack targeting the authorities.
The suspect had admitted to charges brought against him during the investigation but withdrew his confession during the court hearing. He further refused to appear in the court. His mental health was also examined by experts.
The defence pleaded for the suspect’s acquittal, while the prosecutors asked for life imprisonment on multiple homicide charges.
The ruling, which can be appealed, was announced in the suspect’s absence.
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