Several journalists mainly - media which is financed by the government (National television and Hungarian news agency) - were present as well as hungarian and international observers of the trial. On todays session in the court of Szeged the judge (Jenő Kóbor) mainly focused on Ahmeds previous statements and asked about details.
Generally it can be said that the judge and the prosecutor focused on certain details that can not really relate to the terrorism charge. For example they asked if he knew where he was when the border closing ended and the gates were closed. To this he answered that it was a very confusing situation and he couldn't know where serbian territory ends and hungarian territory starts.
The questions of the judge also focused on Ahmeds activity at the Röszke/Horgoš border-crossing on 15th of september 2015 where he was a contact person between the people on the move (refugees and migrants) and the police. From Ahmeds statements it becomes clear that in that situation he could not clearly hear instructions from the police and the translator to leave the border crossing and to go to the so called transit zone (which was established only that day). He also made clear that he did not threaten the police (as it is many times shown in state media) but he was functioning as a communication person, speaking about the bad condition of the people on the move and asking Hungarian state and its police to let them pass, for the crowd with many sick people and children to be safe.
Several other questions were about the topic of the stone-throwing. This fact that Ahmed was participating in this could not be proven by the court. Therefore there will be video footage analysis on the next court date which will be on the 10th of January.
Generally there was a tense atmosphere in the court. The judge and the prosecutor tried to find out the differences/contradictions between his former testimonies and build up a pressure situation for the accused. Still Ahmed had a strong stand and answered with self-confidence to the questions, explaining also about the circumstances of the stressful situation he and his family were in that day (teargas, confusing situation, lack of information).
Hungarian speakers who were monitoring claim that the translation from arabic to hungarian and backwards was lacking exact choice of words. Also it is a farce why Ahmed is being guarded by two masked man, handcuffed and feet-cuffed – this seems to be a way of making him look like a danger/threat to society, no matter how the outcome of the trial will be.
20th of September, 9 am
Re-Trial, 2nd level court
Szegedi Ítélőtábla (Regional Court of Appeal)
Sóhordó utca 5
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