No one, including those having been granted international protection, can get away with committing crimes. They are expelled from the country or are imprisoned.

The same laws apply to everyone in Hungary. When a person granted international protection commits a crime, thereby abusing the shelter and protection provided by Hungary on a temporary basis, the police and law enforcement agencies will bear down on him or her with the full force of the law. International protection does not exempt anyone from the consequences of their actions. There are no exceptions.

If a person who was granted international protection breaks the law or commits a crime, his or her international protection is lifted as part of a so-called revocation procedure, and the individual concerned may be expelled from the country within the framework of an immigration procedure or is sent to a penal institution according to the court’s judgement.

It is a regrettable, but unconcealed fact that there were individuals among those granted international protection who abused temporary protection and committed unlawful acts despite the fact that this was not anticipated on the basis of the investigation carried out as part of the assessment of their asylum applications. At the same time, the Hungarian police successfully uncovered these acts in every instance – in a number of cases within the framework of international cooperation – and consistently applied the provisions of criminal law in their proceedings.

The police make a recommendation to the prosecution service regarding the pressing of charges against perpetrators, the prosecution service presses charges and the court arrives at a judgement.

Gábor Vona was wrong at his press conference held on 22 January 2018: the Hungarian police informed the public about the six cases the Jobbik leader referred to, all these cases were reported on in the Hungarian press, and all these cases were fully in the public domain.

(Ministry of Interior)