Hungarian camerawoman who was seen TRIPPING refugees as they rushed through the country towards the West is CLEARED of disorderly conduct
- Petra Laszlo shown tripping up desperate Syrian father carrying a crying child
- She was working for TV station run by Far-Right Jobbik Party but was fired after
- Laszlo, 41, said at the time she was not a ‘racist child-kicking camerawoman’
- She was sentenced to three years probation by two lower courts in Huingary
- But the Kuria, Hungary’s highest court, overturned their decisions on Tuesday
A Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed kicking and tripping over refugees as they scrambled across the border has been cleared of disorderly conduct.
Hungary’s highest court acquitted journalist Petra Laszlo, overturning the ruling of two lower courts which had sentenced her to three years probation for disorderly conduct.
The Hungarian supreme court, the Kuria, said Laszlo should have been charged with a misdemeanor instead of a criminal offense. It said the case had to be terminated now since the statute of limitations had expired.
Laszlo, 41, was caught on camera tripping and kicking a number of migrants as they fled across the border
In September 2015 Laszlo was filmed tripping up children and a Syrian father carrying a crying child as they attempted to flee across a field on the Hungarian-Serbian border.
She later apologised for her actions – and denied accusations of racism, claiming she thought she was being attacked at the time.
Petra Laszlo (above) worked for Hungarian news site N1TV which is run by the anti-immigration far-right Jobbik party
In a letter to a Hungarian newspaper after the incident she wrote: ‘The camera was shooting, hundreds of migrants broke through the police cordon, one of them rushed to me and I was scared.’
Claiming something then ‘snapped in me’, she added ‘I just thought that I was being attacked and I had to protect myself.’
Soon after the footage surfaced, Laszlo was fired from her job as a camerawoman for Hungarian news site N1TV, which is run by the anti-immigration far-right Jobbik party.
She added: ‘It’s hard to make good decisions at a time when people are in a panic and many hundreds of people rushing. I’m sorry about what happened… I take responsibility for it.’
‘I’m not a heartless, racist children-kicking [camerawoman]. I do not deserve the political witch hunts against me, nor the smears, [or] the death threats… I am truly sorry.’
She wrote: ‘As I watch the footage now, it’s like I’m not watching myself. I honestly regret what I have done and take responsibility for it.’
In another video she could be seen tripping over a man carrying his young son while holding a camera
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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.
Laszlo was sacked with immediate effect after the TV station saw the footage online, and she has been subjected to torrents of justified hatred on social media
A statement posted on the station’s website read: ‘A N1TV colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roszke reception centre.
‘The cameraman’s employment was terminated with immediate effect.’
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.
She later claimed she had panicked as the crowd of migrants ran towards her and she was ‘not a racist’
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