A camerawoman who was caught on video last year tripping migrants that were fleeing Hungarian police was charged on Wednesday with “breach of peace” by Hungarian prosecutors.
The camerawoman, Petra Laszlo, gained internet infamy after she was caught on video tripping a migrant, Osama Abdul Mohsen, who was carrying his child in his hands. She was also caught on video kicking at people as roughly 400 migrants broke through police lines in a camp outside Szeged near the Serbian border. According to chief prosecutor, Zsolt Kopasz, she did not inflict any injury on any of the migrants.
“The accused, while she continued filming the scene, kicked a young man in the shin with a swift movement of her right foot, and immediately after that, she also kicked a minor girl at knee high with her right leg,” Kopasz said in a press release.
“The violent actions of the accused did not inflict injury, however her behavior was capable of provoking indignation and outcry in the members of the public present at the scenes,” he added. The actions were not “motivated by ethnic considerations or by the migrant status of the victims.”
Following the incident last September, Laszlo was fired by N1TV. She apologized a few days later in a letter to the Magyar Nemzet newspaper saying that she was scared that she might be attacked by all of the surrounding panic.
According to the New York Times, the charge is considered to be “antisocial, violent behavior capable of inciting indignation or alarm, and it carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison unless there are aggravating circumstances.”