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March 3, 2021

Romanian detainee beaten to death by two Hungarian police

The male who died of his wounds after being beaten by two police officers at Izsak, southeastern Hungary, Monday, was a Romanian national residing in Hungary, MTI quoted Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Geza Fazekas as saying on Wednesday.Fazekas said that the two officers are suspected of beating the Romanian for two hours at a police precinct and the ambulance staff called at the scene could not resuscitate the victim. The victim, a 47-year-old male, was detained at Orgovany, being suspected to have stolen a chainsaw, according to MTI, who didn’t give his name. Hungarian Police Chief Karoly Papp declared himself “consternated” and described the event as “unacceptable, unlawful and intolerable”, yet, he would not provide any additional details, only saying an inquiry is underway. Papp added that the two suspects were dismissed on Tuesday and their local superiors, suspended from their posts.

The two suspects were arrested on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s Office in the Bacs-Kiskun region told MTI Wednesday that the suspects hit the victim “all over his body”. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered Romania’s Embassy in Budapest and the consular offices of Romania and Hungary to immediate ask i information from Hungarian authorities on the investigation into the death of the Romanian national allegedly beaten by police officers at Izsak. Also, Romania’s Embassy in Budapest and the consulates in Szeged and Gyula are keeping in touch with local authorities and ready to give consular assistance to the family of the Romanian citizen and help with the repatriation of the dead body.


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