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16th June 2017, 12:12:10 UTC

Following a decision by a Hungarian appeal court to order a retrial in the case against Ahmed H, a Syrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing an “act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border, Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s Hungary researcher said:


“This is an important step on the path to justice for a man whose absurd conviction was based on the blatant misuse of terrorism provisions.


“Today’s decision is a clear indication that evidence against Ahmed H was not adequately examined by the first instance court and suggests that he may have been wrongfully convicted.


“Throwing a few stones cannot seriously be equated to an act of terrorism and the retrial will provide an opportunity to ensure counter-terrorism laws stop being misused in such a way.


“There is no reason for Ahmed H to remain in pre-trial detention. He should be released and tried fairly without delay.”


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