Three Hungarians sentenced for accosting Jews during WJC Budapest meet


(JTA) — A Hungarian court convicted three men who accosted Jews in Budapest during the World Jewish Congress General Assembly.

In an expedited court procedure on May 9, a man identified by the Hungarian news site Hir24 as Gabor M. was sentenced to three years in jail. The others,  identified as Gabor E. and David V., were given suspended sentences of two years.

Gabor M. appealed the verdict, according to the news site.

The men, all in their 20s, belonged to a group of about a dozen neo-Nazis who accosted a group of visitors to the WJC assembly on May 3 at the Hungarian capital’s Deak Ferenc Square.

The Hir24 report did not say what charges were brought against the men, but according to Kossuth Radio they were arrested on suspicion that they intended to physically assault the Jewish visitors.

The three followed the visitors from the Dohany Street Synagogue and made Nazi salutes at them and shouted Nazi slogans.

Gabor M. received a tougher sentence because of earlier convictions for violence, a spokesman for the Budapest Prosecutor’s Office said, according to reports.

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