The 22-year-old Syrian national crossed River Tisza, but the Hungarian authorities did not let him enter Hungary and made him swim back. However, he suffocated in the river, and the police could only find his dead body. The sad events happened in 2016, but the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg made its decision on the issue only yesterday.
According to telex.hu, the Syrian man crossed the river with his brother, cousin and an Iraqi family with three kids in June 2016. However, the Hungarian authorities did not let them enter Hungary. “Go back to Serbia”, they shouted at them and threw rocks, let dogs on them and forced them back into the river.
The 22-year-old Syrian got injured and could not make it to the other bank. His brother and cousin turned to the Strasbourg court seeking justice. Interestingly, authorities rescued the Iraqi family. The mother and her three kids were transported to a local hospital.
However, the court’s verdict says the Hungarian authorities did nothing to save the man in trouble. Furthermore, they stated that authorities did not do everything to investigate the issue in detail. Therefore, the Hungarian state must pay EUR 34,000 as compensation. Hungary also has to pay the costs of the process. Hungary did not accept the sentence and submitted an appeal.
The fine by the EU Court of Human Rights, encourages people to disrespect the laws of countries and encourages criminal activity. The Syrian knew that the Hungarian border was and is closed. The Syrian could have learned to swim before entering the water. The court removed all personal responsibility from criminals. The Syrian was in a safe country before wanting to enter Hungary, therefore his life was not in danger.
No money should be paid to any family for breaking the law.