Hungary’s Parliament on Monday approved a resolution, condemning the statements EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding had made concerning Irishman Ciaran Tobin, who was sentenced in absentia by a Hungarian court for killing two children in a car accident.
The resolution was approved with 277 votes for, 53 against and seven abstentions. Lawmakers of the ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrats as well as the opposition Jobbik voted for the motion while the opposition Socialists rejected it.
The resolution was triggered by a March interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in which Reding, speaking in connection with Ireland’s decision not to extradite Tobin, suggested that a number of Hungarian measures had raised questions about the independence of its judiciary.
In the meantime, Tobin indicated his readiness to start his sentence in Hungary but added that he would request to continue his term in Ireland. Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics said he would personally guarantee that Tobin’s request is granted.
In its Monday resolution, Parliament called upon Reding to make every possible effort so as to promote judicial cooperation and the mutual recognition of court verdicts within the European Union.