Sat Sep 26th, 2009 at 01:59:34 PM EST
originally published on 26 August 2009
In Hate crime: cell phones and arrests
, I reported the arrest of four men for a series of nine terror attacks against Roma, in four of which six people died.
Here I bring some updates, focusing on a single case: one which police thought they solved long ago... but which they now identified as the fourth attack of the terrorists.
In the night to 29 September 2008, shots were fired and Molotov cocktails were thrown at four homes on the edge of the village of Tarnabod. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However,
- the attackers erred: the inhabitants were poor but they weren't Gypsies;
- police erred, too: they arrested three local Roma youths, and held them on remand for 11 months -- and released them only now.
Diary rescue by Migeru
All the evidence against the three, who are alleged local rowdies, was a claim by a local that he saw one of them with a sawn-off shotgun.
The three innocents say they were treated like dirt by police and prison inmates, and to add insult to injury, all of them were released only after the terror cell was busted, one of them with a day's delay for a bureaucratic reason. Now they are suing for 10 million Forints (c. 37,000) each in damages and an apology from police.
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As for the capture of the apparent real culprits. In the course of what they disgustingly termed "the end of a success story for police" (disgusting both considering the victims, and events like authorities treating one of the deadly attacks as a normal fire for half a day),
- Police confirmed the DNA match of two perpetrators (according to newspapers, the ex-drummer and the harcore Neo-Nazi who are brothers) with hair and partial fingerprints found at multiple sites -- they are suspected to have participated in all nine attacks.
- The younger of the two brothers, the hardcore Neo-Nazi, was identified with a commenter on multiple political web forums with the nick "Bone robber", who advocated the extermination of Roma.
- According to a newspaper, the search for three more accomplices (in some of the attacks or in logistics) known by name is still on.
- Police denied the claim in a tabloid that they had a crown witness. (In fact they earlier declared that the 100 million Forints announced for valuable information won't be paid out.)
- Police was proud to have arrested several unrelated poachers and black-market arms dealers thanks to the information they received in this case. Ironically, they also said (I'm not making this up or quoting "M") that "even the criminal underworld tried to help and looked for the potential perpetrators".
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As for the insanity not ending here, events last night:
- A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the courtyard of a home in the town of Törökszentmiklós, locals say that it is probably related to teenage rowdies who were told to go away earlier that day; while the owner says that "Death to Hungarians!" was written on the pavement.
- Related to the parallel worsening of Slovakian-Hungarian relations, an as yet unidentified man threw Molotov cocktails at the Slovakian Embassy in Budapest.