Oppression intensified: Zoltán Szőcs may get life imprisonment

Tamás Sneider, Jobbik's vice president and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly submitted a written question  to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, under the title: What does the Hungarian government intend to do to ensure that international conventions and provisions be respected with regard to the detention of István Beke and Zoltán Szőcs?

As it is known, István Beke and Zoltán Szőcs, the Transylvanian president of Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement (HVIM) have been in criminal detention for months. Talking about the case of the Szekler youth in his 33th Government Press Conference, János Lázár stated that István Beke's arrest raises the suspicion of a staged criminal procedure therefore the Hungarian government would do its best to intervene and protect the man. At the March 8 session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén explained that the Hungarian government had requested a detailed report from the Romanian authorities, which they have failed to provide thus far, so the Transylvanian president of Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement and the organization's Kézdivásárhely (Târgu Secuiesc) leader are still held in pre-trial detention without any evidence.

Jobbik has publicly expressed its full support for the Hungarian government's efforts to preserve the Hungarian communities living in the territories torn away, which is also mentioned as a duty of the state in Article D) of the Fundamental Law of Hungary.

In his submitted document, Tamás Sneider mentions the violation of the European Convention of Human Rights: even though Article 3 of the Convention clearly states that  „"No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”, Beke and Szőcs are held in intolerable prison conditions in Block 4 of Bucharest Central Detention Facility (Arestul Central Bucuresti). The cells are overcrowded, in one of them the toilet is separated by nothing but a curtain while in the other they don't even have a curtain.

The spirit of the Convention and other international conventions all maintain that even people found guilty by courts are entitled to their basic human rights. "In the case of Szőcs and Beke, the Romanian authorities have failed to produce any evidence ever since their arrest months ago, so their detention itself raises concerns already," explains Sneider, adding that the cells are full of cigarette smoke as the two young men, (although both are non-smokers) were locked up together with smoking individuals.

Jobbik's MP was informed that Beke had rashes appearing on his skin but he could not see a doctor for weeks.

In his  answer , Péter Szijjártó stated that "the Hungarian state has a very limited room for action in terms of Romania", and "the pre-trial detention was implemented against Romanian citizens" (what could the Minister possibly imply by that? The editor)

"Please allow me to thank you for following the case." concludes the Minister's answer.
Sneider Tamás responded in a  Facebook post:

I AM SORRY - In his paper addressed to me, Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szíjjártó thanked me for following the case of the so-called Szekler terrorist charges. For a moment I thought I had missed something and the boys had been freed from prison. I don't mean to be rude but I cannot return the gesture to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry as not only are the youth in pre-trial detention still held in prison but the gravity of their charges were even increased. As far as efficient protestation is concerned, even the Association of Romanians in America demonstrates more activity against the staged criminal procedure than the Hungarian government.

In response to our questions, Jobbik's politician said that the Minister's answer was full of inaccuracies. This, along with the fact that the gravity of the charges against the Szekler youth was increased (Zoltán Szőcs may even be punished with life imprisonment), clearly shows that the Hungarian state must shift to a higher gear. In order to facilitate that, Sneider is likely to submit another inquiry to the government tomorrow.