Budapest, September 9 (MTI) – Ruling-party members of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, together with Jobbik lawmakers, on Wednesday supported a bill allowing police and the army to work together in handling the migration crisis. The bill requires a two-thirds majority to pass in the House. Socialist members of the committee and those belonging to the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) voted against the motion.
Among the bill’s proposals is to allow police and border police to work together with national security services on intelligence operations abroad for law enforcement and crime prevention purposes. Another of its proposals is to allow police broader powers in migration crisis situations where epidemic-related measures may need to be taken. It would give the army the power to use weapons when undertaking such tasks as border protection, conflict control or other violent acts targeting border peace in times of crisis. The army, however, would not narrow the scope of police authority, but would provide support during times of the migration crisis.
Soldiers will have the power to stop vehicles, secure and seal off areas, use force and take measures some of which may curtail individual rights. Soldiers may use weapons as means of law enforcement but, with the exception of a threat of death or serious bodily harm, cannot aim to kill.
The law, if passed, would come into force on Sept 15.