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Red sludge catastrophe to be retried

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

A conservative commentator welcomes a ruling by the court of appeal to order a retrial of the executive staff members of the MAL aluminium company. READ MORE

Syrian-Cypriot migrant border rioter sentenced to 10 years in jail

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A conservative columnist thinks that the court was right to sentence a Syrian migrant with residence in Cyprus for inciting a riot, using force against the police and crossing the border illegally. But she finds it deeply problematic that such behaviour is regarded as ‘terrorist activity’ under Hungarian law. READ MORE

Court acquits leaders of alumina plant in red sludge trial

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The leading pro-government daily finds it outrageous that the leaders of the MAL Company, responsible for a 2010 industrial accident in western Hungary in which ten people died, were cleared of the criminal charges against them. A left-wing commentator blames the government for suggesting that the management bore responsibility for the disaster. READ MORE

Former Socialist Budapest Deputy Mayor receives suspended sentence

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

As the former Deputy Mayor of Budapest gets a suspended prison sentence, commentators both on Left and Right ponder the wider political implications of the court ruling. READ MORE

Béla Biszku receives suspended sentence

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A pro-government commentator finds the light sentence handed down to a former high-ranking Communist leader outrageous, and accuses the court of falsifying history and encouraging delinquency. READ MORE

Former police chiefs reprimanded over 2006 riots

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Commentators disagree on the sentences handed down to police commanders for mishandling political violence in September 2006. Leftist authors celebrate the ruling as proof that the police were innocent, while conservatives find the blame apportioned astonishingly light. READ MORE

Far-right militia dissolved by court

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

As the Szeged Tribunal disbands the Szebb Jövőért (For a Better Future) organization created by the former leaders of the Hungarian Guard which was dissolved in 2009, the leading left-wing daily predicts that another similarly racist organization will be set up soon. READ MORE

Magyar Nemzet demands better lawyers in FX loan trials

Friday, August 29th, 2014
In a second criticism of the Ministry of National Development within four weeks, the number one pro-government daily suggests that the state is being represented by incompetent but expensive lawyers in lawsuits filed by banks in order to prove that their forex loan contracts have been fair and transparent. READ MORE

European Court rules against effective life imprisonment

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

A conservative commentator condemns the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights as contrary to Hungarian public feeling. Her left-wing counterpart, on the other hand, wonders if courts will hereinafter sentence any criminal to life without eligibility for parole. READ MORE

Favourable ruling expected for forex mortgage debtors

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A conservative analyst thinks the weakening of the Forint may annul the favourable impact of the expected decision of the European Court of Justice to empower Hungarian courts to rewrite forex mortgage contracts. He urges serious confidence-building measures to bolster the national currency.  READ MORE