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Ahmed H has been labelled a terrorist and jailed for 10 years after using a megaphone to call for calm during clashes at the Hungarian border.
In August 2015, Ahmed left his family home in Cyprus to go and help his elderly parents and six other family members flee Syria and find safety in Europe. One month later, they found themselves among hundreds of refugees stranded at the Hungarian border after police fenced off the crossing with Serbia.
Clashes broke out as people attempted to get through. Hungary’s police force responded with tear gas and water cannon, injuring dozens. Some people threw stones, including Ahmed.
News footage clearly shows Ahmed using a megaphone to call on both the refugees and the police to remain calm. For this, he has been convicted of an “act of terror” under Hungary’s extremely vague anti-terrorism laws and jailed for 10 years.
Do these sound like the actions of a terrorist to you?
Ahmed’s lawyer is appealing but the prosecution has also appealed the verdict, which it considers too “lenient”.
Ahmed remains in prison, separated from his wife and young daughters, waiting for an appeal hearing in the hope of being able to return to them in Cyprus.