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Hungarian camerawoman who shocked the world when she was filmed tripping over migrants crossing the border is sentenced to three years' probation

January 13, 2017 9:18 AM
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The Hungarian camerawoman who was seen tripping up Syrian refugees at a border crossing has been put on probation for three years after being convicted of disorderly conduct.

In September 2015 Petra Laszlo was filmed tripping up a Syrian father carrying a crying child and kicking out at a refugee girl as they attempted to flee across a field on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

But Judge Illes Nanasi said Laszlo's behaviour 'ran counter to societal norms' and he rejected her claims to have been trying to defend herself.

Laszlo, 41, was fired by the N1TV website, which is owned by the Far-Right anti-immigrant Jobbik Party, after the footage was made public.

Her lawyer, Ferenc Sipos, said she did not appear in person at yesterday's court hearing because she had received death threats but hoped to be vindicated.

The flow slowed to a trickle after Prime Minister Viktor Orban ordered razor-wire fences built along Hungary's southern border and beefed up laws to prevent illegal border crossings.

In the footage, which spread rapidly across the Internet, Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child near the town of Roszke, close to the border with Serbia.

In a letter to Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet shortly after the incident she said she was 'truly sorry' for the incident, which prompted outrage when the footage was shared online.

The clip showed the refugee falling to the floor with the child underneath him before he turned to shout at her.

Another clip filmed from another angle shows her kicking a young girl across the thigh as she is trying to flee police.

A statement posted on the station's website read: 'A N1TV colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roszke reception centre.

Outraged social media users took to Twitter at the time and set up a Facebook group called The Petra Laszlo Wall Of Shame to condemn her actions, labeling her 'pathetic' and 'disgraceful'.

The man Laszlo tripped was one of several hundred migrants who fled after being angered at the treatment by Hungarian police.

The migrants had been part of a group of 1,500 people who had been waiting for hours at a refugee collection point near the Roszke crossing.


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