He wanted to ignore the soldiers at first, then he shot at them while running away. He can face up to 15 years in prison.
The human trafficker, who brought illegal migrants from the southern border of Hungary to the border of Austria, was a 25-year-old Moldovan man, it seems to be confirmed that he received his order from the human-trafficking mafia. The 25-year-old man tried to break into Austria on Sunday, driving his car ignoring the signs of the soldiers, and then when he understood it would not work out, he got out of his car, started running towards Hungary, and shot twice at the Austrian soldiers, says magyarnemzet.hu. He was arrested by the Hungarian police in the border town of Körmend.
The 25-year-old Moldovan man is suspected of human trafficking. The Austrian authorities are investigating the violent acts he committed against their officials. In accordance with the Unity Convention, the Austrians will most probably offer to start the case to the Hungarian judicial authorities, as the man was arrested on the Hungarian side.
The 25-year-old Moldovan, along with two compatriots – two men, aged 22 and 26 -, was arrested on January 19 in Körmend, driving an Audi with a Hungarian license plate. His companions were also arrested for helping with human trafficking. The 25-year-old man went to Austria on January 16 with his van crossing the Szentpéterfa / Monyorókerék (Eberau) border, with 12 illegal migrants and a Moldovan helper in his van. The Austrian soldiers tried to stop him, then he drove over the feet of one Austrian soldier. He still got stuck with his vehicle between the soldiers later, so he jumped out and ran back to Hungary while shooting at the Austrian soldiers twice. His accomplice and the illegal migrants were captured by the Austrians.
Criminal proceedings have been initiated in Austria against the shooter for violence against an official, which is expected to be handed over to the Hungarian authorities where they could be joined with human trafficking proceedings. The latter is normally punishable by one to five years’ imprisonment, but if the crime is stopped, and the violence against an official is punishable, it can be punishable by up to 15 years.
The suspicion of a criminal organisation is already based on the fact that two of his accomplices, who were suspected of supporting the crime, assisted in human trafficking, but there are far more compelling arguments for the aggravating circumstance. According to some information, the Moldovans smuggling in the Austro-Hungarian border area work for human trafficking gangs operating in Vienna, typically organised by Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Turks, or Bangladeshi people, says origo.hu.
The shooter was relatively easy to identify, his captured accomplice told the police who he was at the first request, and since he was on the Austrian records as he had a criminal past, a photo of him was also found just in a few minutes. The joint Austro-Hungarian investigation team in Nickeldorf is in constant contact regarding information about the human traffickers.
According to information from the Hungarian police, Syrian, Afghan, and Turkish smugglers have established their control all over Serbia. These gangs have fought a bloody battle over the division of territory.
Here, you can see a video where the local field guards of Ásotthalom are looking for illegal migrants on the Hungarian-Serbian border:
Source: Magyarnemzet.hu, Origo.hu