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Hungary expels migrants after fast-track court hearings

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By Euronews
Hungary expels migrants after fast-track court hearings

<p>Illegal border crossing cases are being heard in Hungarian courts non-stop, every day, even on weekends.</p> <p>Judges have been brought in from across the country to the city of Szeged, near the Serbian border, to fast-track cases.</p> <p>Euronews witnessed the hearing of one 36-year-old man who has fled the war-shattered Syrian town of Kobani.</p> <p>Helped by an interpreter, he asked the court to treat him as a human being and let him go to Germany.</p> <p>The verdict was typical of that given to most standing in his position.</p> <p>“The court judges that expulsion is sufficient punishment in this case, <br /> so the accused is expelled from the territory of Hungary for 2 years,” said Judge Dr. Noémi Mészáros. </p> <p>On paper, a jail sentence could be handed down for breaching the border fence, an act now deemed criminal by Hungarian authorities.</p> <p>The barrier needs constant repairs with hundreds of people trying every day to get through.</p> <p>Euronews saw one group being boarded onto a bus.</p> <p>Speaking from the Hungary-Serbia border, our correspondent Andrea Hajagos said:</p> <p>“It seems that these people will be taken to the police right now. Probably they have just been caught trying to get into Hungary through the fence.”</p> <p>Hungary’s treatment of migrants and refugees has been severely criticised by the UN’s Human Rights Commission Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and groups including Amnesty International.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Refugees?src=hash">#Refugees</a> at border are suffering the extremely dire consequences of authorities in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hungary?src=hash">#Hungary</a>. <a href="http://t.co/yRo1cpwtXu">http://t.co/yRo1cpwtXu</a> <a href="http://t.co/AZ5ZX4WHly">pic.twitter.com/AZ5ZX4WHly</a></p>— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) <a href="https://twitter.com/amnesty/status/644582306485829633">17 Septembre 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>