PHOTOS, VIDEO: Pope Francis’ first beneficence in Hungary: Hungarian “terrorists” released
The upcoming visit by Pope Francis serves as an opportunity for President Katalin Novák to use her right to grant pardons, and she has decided to do so in a number of cases, the president’s office said on Thursday. Among those to be granted pardon are people convicted in the Hunnia case.
Presidential pardon for the “terrorists”
György Budaházy and his accomplices committed Molotov cocktail attacks and other attacks with explosives against leading politicians and offices of the ruling parties (Socialists, SZDSZ) between 2007 and 2009. Among their targets, there were György Szilvásy, a minister of the Gyurcsány government, István Hiller, a former Socialist minister for education, and János Kóka, the parliamentary group leader of co-ruling SZDSZ. Furthermore, they set on fire a club (Red Csepel), the Broadway Ticket Office and two LGBTQ bars. Moreover, they tried to rob an ATM in Székesfehérvár.
The group called itself “The Arrows of the Hungarians” and even beat Sándor Csintalan, a well-known Hungarian journalist, in 2007 near his home, in a garage with iron rods. Before, the Budapest court decreased the jail sentence of multiple gang members, index.hu wrote. Budaházy would have had to spend 2-2.5 more years in prison without the president’s pardon.
Here is a video of how Budaházy left the prison on horseback (as a “betyár“):
Party after the release:
Hungarian radical party leader (Mi Hazánk Movement) László Toroczkai was also there:
Gyurcsány’s party: Budaházy, accomplices ‘will be sent back to jail after government replaced’
Budaházy and his accomplices “will be sent back to prison once the Orbán government is replaced”, the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) said on Friday, in connection with pardons granted by President Katalin Novák to “Budaházy and his gang” imprisoned on terrorism charges. DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told an online press briefing that “party soldier” of ruling Fidesz, President Novák, had granted pardons “at the command of [Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán”.
“Viktor Orbán has let loose dangerous far-right terrorists … who fired shots and threw Molotov cocktails at the houses of left-wing politicians and entertainment venues, and beat people up on the street,” Barkóczi said. He insisted that by releasing Budaházy “and the other convicted terrorists”, Orbán would be “again unleashing political violence onto the streets of Hungary”.
Releasing terrorists to the streets of Budapest! Some “family” values for this crime family. Nice job Ms President! The stench of this will be on you when they strike again. The stench of your rule here is on you already.