The government has decided to pay compensation from the central budget to those injured in 2008/2009 attacks against the Roma and the victims’ families, a decree published in the latest issue of the government’s official Hungarian Gazette said.
The government commissioned this autumn the human resources and the justice ministers to develop a scheme for defining the circle of those entitled to compensation and the actual amount.
The circle includes people who suffered bodily injuries, or lived in a common household with either the victim or with the person injured during the attacks, or was a close relative.
For the payment of the compensation, the ministry in charge of social integration will conclude an agreement with a civil organisation with extensive experience in victim support which will make a proposal on the sum of the compensation.
Six people, including a five-year-old boy, died in nine attacks carried out against Roma families between July 2008 and August 2009 in villages in central and eastern Hungary. Another five people suffered serious injuries.
A district court of Budapest in August this year handed down three life sentences in a non-binding ruling to three suspects, Arpad Kiss, Istvan Kiss and Zsolt Peto. The fourth suspect, Istvan Csontos, received a 13-year prison sentence.