14 asylum seekers in pre-trial custody in Kecskemét


Fourteen men are being held in pre-trial custody in Kecskemét, southeast of Budapest, on charges of assaulting a police officer as a group, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday. The group comprises five Iraqis, four Afghans, three Iranians, one Syrian and one Algerian the news agency said.

The local district court’s spokesman Szabolcs Sárközy said the charges came following a fight that broke out last Friday at a refugee reception center in Kiskunhalas, approximately 65 kilometers south of Kecskemét, over access to the internet.

According to the spokesman, the fight erupted between two Iraqi men, and when a police officer came to separate the pair, a group standing behind a fence responded by throwing stones and other debris, hitting the officer who was protected from the impact by his helmet. The social workers at the scene were quickly brought to safety when the conflict escalated.

The altercation came to an end after about 30 minutes, when reinforcements where called in and tear gas was used to break up the crowd.

Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi said at a press conference on Saturday that 180 police officers were required to restore order at the reception center following the outburst, MTI reported.

Ten of the men have since appealed the court’s decision to keep them in preliminary detention, according to reports.


Consumer price levels below EU avg in 2020 Analysis

Consumer price levels below EU avg in 2020

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget Parliament

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget

Breast cancer screening at Dr. Rose Private Hospital Interview

Breast cancer screening at Dr. Rose Private Hospital

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors City

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors


Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.