The trial of four men accused of murdering Roma people in 2008 and 2009 is drawing to the close at the Budapest Regional Court.
The suspects are charged with murder committed in nine brutal, armed attacks against Roma homes mostly on the outskirts of small, central and eastern Hungarian villages.
Altogether six people died in the attacks, including a five-year-old child, and five others were left with life-threatening wounds, including another child.
The four suspects identified as Arpad K, Istvan K, Zsolt P and Istvan Cs, were taken into custody after being arrested in August 2009 in a local bar in Debrecen, eastern Hungary.
The prosecutor last week asked the court to sentence the three chief suspects to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, and Istvan Cs to a prison term close to the upper limit of 15 years.
The defence attorneys of Arpad K, Istvan K and Zsolt P asked the court to acquit their defendants of the charge of murder for lack of evidence, and sentence them to fixed-period prison terms for less serious crimes, such as abuse of weapons and ammunition.