The appeals court in Pécs, in southern Hungary, has handed suspended prison sentences to two men for the racially motivated assault on two Yemeni university students, the court said on Wednesday.
The two men were sentenced for pushing and kicking two Yemeni university students after hearing them speak Arabic outside a shopping mall in August 2018. One of the attackers was sentenced to 15 months to be served in a youth detention centre, while the other was handed two-year prison sentence, both suspended for three years.
And since we are writing about Yemen and Yemeni students, we reported HERE that a Hungarian man was tortured to death in Yemen where he went to marry a local girl. Blikk reached the head of a Yemeni human rights organisation that tried to put together the last weeks of the life of the Hungarian man.
György Koltai, who had previously been imprisoned and tortured, travelled back to Yemen to marry the sister of a former fellow prisoner, Yemeni human rights activist Tawfik al-Hamidi, who knew Hungarians who had
converted to the Muslim faith,
they told Blikk. I have known György, ie Abdul Hakim, for a long time because we worked in a similar field. […] I helped him organise interviews with Arabic TV channels, but I also visited Hungary, where we had lunch at his mother’s house, said Tawfik al-Hamidi, head of Geneva-based human rights organisation SAM. After al-Hamidi saw that Koltai had returned to Yemen, he could not contact him.
The reason for this was recently revealed when a local activist, Adel al-Husseini, told Twitter that a Hungarian man with Yemeni citizenship had been captured and practically
tortured to death by the people of the Southern Transitional Council (STC),
which controlled the south of the country. Al-Hamidi and his organisation then began investigating the details. “It’s not easy to get information. We got sound recordings from people who were with George in prison. […] They are afraid, so they could not tell everything with full openness. The sound recordings were also sent in secret,” al-Hamidi said. In the audio recordings, the liberated Yemenis said that Koltai was captured by the Aden anti-terror squad.
A certain Yisran al-Maktari, the leader of the local anti-terrorist squad, is responsible for the arrests and interrogations. “The conditions were terrible. Some of the cells were so cramped that the prisoners were virtually unable to turn around,” Tawfik al-Hamidi explained. Koltai was brutally tortured in prison, according to testimonies, almost all of his teeth were knocked out, and then when he caught the coronavirus, he was simply left to die. What his interrogators wanted from him can only be assumed.
According to al-Hamidi, it is conceivable that
he was arrested just because he was a foreigner.
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