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Hungary top court jails serial killers of Roma for life

Three serial killers who targeted members of Hungary’s Roma minority in 2008 and 2009 were jailed for life on Tuesday, the state news agency MTI reported on Tuesday.

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MTI Photo: Máthé Zoltán

The 18 months of violence, in which six people, including a small child, were killed and several more were injured, highlighted Hungary’s difficulties in integrating its 500,000-strong Roma population. The killers were caught in August 2009.

The killings came at a time when Hungary, a landlocked central European nation of 10 million, underwent economic and political crisis. Its gross domestic output plummeted, its government collapsed and the far-right Jobbik party rose to prominence.

The three perpetrators were Zsolt Peto and the brothers Istvan Kiss and Arpad Kiss, militants with skinhead pasts from eastern Hungary. See full article here.

Source: Reuters (Dunai Márton & Ralph Boulton)

 

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