Reuters has learned from the National Command of the Prison Service (BvOP) that Hungary has released a total of 777 foreign traffickers in recent weeks. They were mostly Serbian, Ukrainian and Romanian nationals.
Citing overcrowding in prisons, the Orbán government has issued a decree allowing the release of foreigners accused of human trafficking if they leave the country within 72 hours. Austria has previously objected to the Hungarian move. Vienna said that it posed a security threat to the country. We wrote about this in details HERE.
According to the BvOP, of the 2,636 people in prison for human trafficking, 808 foreigners are eligible for release. So far, Hungary has released 777 in the past weeks, Reuters reports.
The imprisonment of foreign nationals costs Hungarian prisons HUF billions a year, the prison service told Reuters.
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