Extremists Szocs Zoltan and Beke Istvan sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, for planning to detonate an improvised explosive device on December 1, 2015


The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) has sentenced, on Wednesday, to 5 years on prison defendants Szocs Zoltan (photo) and Beke Istvan Attila, leaders of the group ‘64 Counties Youth Movement’ (HVIM) in Transylvania, charged with planning to detonate an improvised device during the December 1, 2015 National Day celebrations, in Targu Secuiesc.

The Supreme Court has changed the legal framing of the deeds from “assault against a community” to “attempted acts of terrorism”.

The two were sentenced in April 2017 to 10 months and 8 days in prison and 11 months and 6 days respectively.

They were indicted by the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) on May 19, 2016.

The Romanian investigators say that on October 10, 2015, during a meeting attended by the members of HVIM local organizations in Romania, Szőcs Zoltán instigated the members of HVIM cell in Târgu Secuiesc to make an improvised explosive device that would be detonated during the manifestations on Romania’s national day celebrated in Târgu Secuiesc. Beke Istvan Attila, HVIM’s member who was actually detained for trying to detonate the device, would have answered: “That’s a deal”.

Szőcs Zoltán allegedly told his accomplices they have to fire up several devices at the same time so that people should throw themselves down and the parade should be called off.

“Starting December 1, you must set up some 20 devices with chronometer…go figure, just while they are marching…you must do so that several devices should fire up simultaneously… it would be cool to be smoke, it would be a good bomb… I seem to see how they will throw themselves down, like even BBC will broadcast that…everybody would talk about us….to draw attention on the Szekler Land… to see us up here, we are not afraid….we must do so that we should keep our hands clean that day…you must go somewhere else….it all has to start from the statue (…),” the investigators revealed.

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