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Analysis – A Political Trial Can Never be a Fair Trial

On the 30th of October and 2nd of November 2017 the Hungarian states’ trial against Ahmed H. went into the next round of seemingly absurd and endless rounds. Ahmed’s case is now back at the first court level, after the second instance referred it back to the first level for lack of consideration of contradictions in the evidence.

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Analysis – A Political Trial Can Never be a Fair Trial

On the 30th of October and 2nd of November 2017 the Hungarian states’ trial against Ahmed H. went into the next round of seemingly absurd and endless rounds. Ahmed’s case is now back at the first court level, after the second instance referred it back to the first level for lack of consideration of contradictions in the evidence. The court proceeded, going over the same testimonies of the same cops again and again, with no new witnesses or evidence. The only new thing in the courtroom was the judge. This time the judge did not play the role of the prosecutor or asserted Ahmed’s guilt from the start.  For a change, he asked Ahmed questions and even let him answer, listening to his statements. So are we witnessing a fair trail now as some reports and monitors say? Is Hungary’s justice system functioning properly after all and will justice finally proceed? 

Fact is, that Ahmed is imprisoned in isolation, separated from his family for over two years, that he was picked up by the state sleeping at the train station to serve their racist propaganda campaign (imagine a ” terrorist” going back to the country he “attacked” three days before sleeping at a train station). Ahmed was arrested at a time when the Hungarian state itself was transporting people from Croatia to Western Europe through its territory, transporting the very same people which the anti-terrorist troops had brutally beaten up and pushed back to Serbia in Röszke only few days before. What and when a crime is a crime always a matter of state’s definition.
 
Fact is, that there are fenced prisons in Hungary and all over Europe where thousands of people are held for unknown time periods and brutally mistreated, that there are border hunters going after and torturing people without documents every single night. Was all this ever mentioned in any court hearing? To us, the discussion whether the new judge is less racist than the previous one is irrelevant, as this trial should not have been happening in the first place. The trial against Ahmed H. has always been, and remains, a politically motivated show trial.  
 
The Fidesz government uses Ahmed as a scapegoat to criminalize migrants and to create an image of dangerous migrant-terrorists. It has therefore even invented the Battle of Röszke” (with its own Wikipedia page), framing it as an epic fight where the Hungarian Police defended the country heroically against the “attackers”. Thereby it can frame itself as the defender of Europe and its Christian values. That criticism of European officials remains sparse and is in any case hypocritical is no surprise. EUrope is happy about the role Hungary plays with such pride. The more “civilized” countries of the EU benefit from the ongoing brutality Hungary exerts on migrants at its borders. And EUrope can point the finger at someone else, all the while an EUropean Frontex-mission operates on that very border. All this context is forgotten when we talk about ‘fairness’ in this current trial.
 
In the current court hearings we are witnessing how history is written through a silencing of the collective memory of previous struggles. Remembering and keeping strength to remind us and others is part of our everyday resistance. A political showtrial can never be a fair trial. We do not accept the fake fairness of a new trial with another ‘nicer’ judge, remembering the context of all the ongoing crime by the state, its created ‘terrorism-migration-connection’ and repression of solidarity actions.

Therefore we do not demand a fair trial for Ahmed. We demand the immediate release of Ahmed! Migration and protest is not a crime!
 
Ahmed’s next trial will take place in Szeged on 8th, 10th and 12th of January 2018, while the verdict is expected in February. Join us and show solidarity with Ahmed during the hearings!
 
Stop the show trial now!
Immediate Freedom for Ahmed!

, December 16, 2017.



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