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May 26, 2020

Attack prevented in Targu Secuiesc: Beke Istvan under preventive arrest for 30 days

Beke Istvan was supposed to manufacture an explosive device that could be detonated from distance and place it inside a waste can in the centre of the municipality of Targu Secuiesc, near the route of the military parade, so that news would announce the locality was “attacked by terrorists”, according to the report that determined Beke Istvan’s preventive arrest.
The prosecutors of the Crime and Terrorism Investigating Directorate (DIICOT) caught Beke Istvan Attila, a member of the extremist group “64 Counties Youth Movement” of Hungary (HVIM), and after several searches performed during the night of Monday to Tuesday, he was accused of having intended to manufacture an improvised explosive device he was supposed to detonate in public on Tuesday, at National Day celebrations organised in Targu Secuiesc. The Bucharest Appeal Court approved on Tuesday evening the prosecutors’ proposal and ordered Beke Istvan’s preventive arrest for 30 days.
Investigators pointed out in the report they issued suggesting Beke Istvan’s preventive arrest that on October 10, in Covasna County, there was a meeting by several HVIM members. During this meeting, they suggested the placement and detonation of an improvised explosive device during the street celebrations dedicated to the celebration of Romanian National Day, December 1, 2015, at Targu Secuiesc, as the person who has made the proposal had mentioned he had a box of firecrackers at home, that can be used in this purpose.
During the meeting, it was agreed that the device would be built by Beke Istvan, who had a skill for electronics, by using a fitile that could make “three or four firecrackers explode at once” and “there is just one more battery needed”. Beke Istvan allegedly declared at the respective meeting that he was able to access from his mobile phone the video camera located outside of his store, situated in the centre of the locality Targu Secuiesc and that he would detonate from a distance the improvised explosive device “even if he would be away from the city with his family”, the prosecutors mentioned in the quoted document.
Therefore, for detonating the improvised explosive device, he was supposed to buy “a brand new phone and card” to make the appeal and to destroy them afterwards. “Considering our equipment, you can set a chronometer at no longer than 24 hours”, Beke Istvan allegedly declared.

Investigators found at Beke Istvan’s house an electronic device initiating and adapting electric impulses of 12 V. Moreover, DIICOT prosecutors established that, after the meeting of October 10, Beke Istvan Attila purchased a new mobile phone from the website “rezistent telefon.ro”.

The person that suggested the detonation of an explosive device indicated as a proper placement a point in the area of Gabor Aron’s statue, respectively a waste can in the centre of the locality situated on the route of the military parade, stating that, as a result of this action, “news will announce Targu Secuiesc was attacked by terrorists as well.”

“We must try it first, not like devouring pizza with great appetite, more like tasting it, to see how it is”, prosecutors also quoted the discussion held at the meeting of October 10, mentioning that the term “pizza” was used referring to the improvised explosive device. On the same occasion, H.I. allegedly mentioned: “It is worth trying, at least we get some experience”.

DIICOT was notified on this case at October 23 by the Romanian Intelligence Service, which showed that members of the local organization in Covasna County of the nationalistic extremist group “64 Counties Youth Organization”, whose leaders are in close partnership with the coordinators of the extremist Hungarian movements “JOBBIK – the Movements for a Better Organized Hungary”, HVIM, respectively the “Army of Outlaws”, acknowledged by the Constitution Protection Office in Hungary as a terrorist protection structure, completes, under the purpose of increasing the difficulty or obstructing the exercise of power in the state, actions against constitutional order destined to jeopardize national security.

“It was established that, starting in the year 2014, on Romania’s territory, activities by foreign citizens or owners of double citizenship destined to fuel the interest of the members of the Hungarian extremist structure “64 Counties Youth Movement” in Romania – HVIM – to develop the physical abilities of its members, in order to initiate violent actions and, implicitly, acts of terrorism that would lead to the application of autonomic and revisionist objectives (recreating ‘the Greater Hungary’), prosecutors mentioned in the report sent to the Court that tried the proposal referring to Beke Istvan’s preventive arrest.

DIICOT prosecutors initiated criminal pursuit in this case, on October 30, for attempted crimes against constitutional order, stipulated by Article 397, Paragraph 2 in the Criminal Code, an offence punishable by prison of 10 to 20 years and prohibition of exercising certain rights.

“The 64 Counties – HVIM Youth Movement is one of the most active organizations of revisionist and irredentist, racist, anti-Semite and anti-Romanian profile that acts at the level of Carpathian region to educate young people of Hungarian ethnicity in the spirit of belonging to the identity and national values of the Hungarian state”, the investigators reported.

The declared objective by HVIM is represented by the remake of the “Greater Hungary” as it existed before the Treaty of Trianon (June 4, 1920), by gaining back the territories Hungary lost after WWI. The name of the organization itself bears revisionist meanings, as the “64 counties” are the territories lost by the “Holy Crown of Hungary” before the Treaty of Trianon, which includes Romanian regions, too: Alba, Arad, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Brasov, Caras-Severin, Ciuc, Cluj, Covasna, Fagaraş, Hunedoara, Maramures, Mures, Odorhei, Satu Mare, Salaj, Sibiu, Tarnava Mica, Tarnava Mare, Timis and Turda.

The members of HVIM stand out by extremist attitudes, violent actions for reaching revisionist – separatist objectives, criticism against European Union as it does not allow free expression of the attributes of Hungarian national identity in relation to the states belonging to the community and because it imposes conditions considered unacceptable for member states, prosecutors also showed in the report sent to Court.

On the territory of Romania, one such active organization is HVIM Transylvania, an entity that, by the ideological structure and pattern of actions, acts accordingly to the Hungarian movement and, starting in 2014, is led by Szocs Zoltan. At the time being HVIM is present in Romania in the counties Cluj, Covasna, Harghita and Mures.

Beke Istvan, accused of actions against constitutional order and violating the regime of explosive materials, is kept under preventive arrest. The decision by the Bucharest Appeal Court is not definitive and the appeal will be tried by the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

Investigators found at the searches in Covasna, at the building used by Beke Istvan Attila, hundreds of explosive materials, electronic devices that allowed distant control, two military devices that granted military vision as well as a rifle range, judiciary sources announced.

Beke Istvan Attila had not started to assemble the explosive materials and the devices when the search was conducted. Had the device been assembled with the explosive materials he owned and with the distant control tools, he may have caused casualties, sources among the investigators declared.

The man has also installed a rifle range yet no fire weapons or other weapons requiring authorisations were found. Also, about 400 pyrotechnics devices were found during searches.

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