There were several international observers present at the trial in Szeged.
One observer from the German 'Grundrechtekomittee' (Basic Rights Comittee) joined. Their legal and political report can be found here.
Also one person from the European Civil Forum in Switzerland was present in court and shared his opinion in a statement:
Statement about the trial against Ahmed H. on the 8th, 10th and 12th of January 2018 in Szeged (Hungary)
I was participating the trial against Ahmed H. as an international observer. Already on the first day of the trial in January 2018 I got the impression of a Kafkaesque nightmare. The accused is led into the court room by two tall, masked Anti-Terror-police men, dressed all in black. He is hand-cuffed, connected to a leash, which is chained to one of the police officers, and wears a hobble. As soon as Ahmed H. took stand in the dock, the handcuffs are released, but the leash and the hobble remain closed. During the whole trial these both police officers are positioned on the left and on the right of Ahmed H.
Since his arrest in September 2015 Ahmed H. is called a terrorist and treated like one - without any reliable evidence against him. This decision of the Hungarian government, their authorities and media contradicts all humane and ethical values. As an outside observer I can only take home the impression that this trial represents a political show trial, tin order to criminalize migrants on a general basis and to legitimize Hungary’s sealing-off.
In the year 1956, after the bloody suppression of the Hungarian uprising, thousands of people had to flee the country and to find a new existence. They could rely on a generous welcome [due to the anti-communist political atmosphere, added by translator]. The more I am in shock, that the government and authorities of a country, that had to experience such a difficult situation, rejects the refugees of today, discriminates against them and declares them to be criminals and terrorists. Ahmed H. has accompanied members of his family in 2015 on their flight from Syria. Flight is not a crime, neither is the protection of refugees. Therefore I hope, that Ahmed H. will find his freedom again very soon and will be able to return to his wife and children.
Szeged, 10th of January 2017
Fédération Européenne des Radios Libres (FERL), Frankreich
European Civil Forum
Forum Civique Européen, Schweiz
20th of September, 9 am
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