After six years in prison Előd Tóásó might be released

Friday, February 20, 2015

According to information obtained by, Előd Tóásó's trial in La Paz, Bolivia continues today at noon local time; apparently, charges of terrorism against Tóásó could be dropped if he pleads guilty to a less serious charge of involvement in an armed uprising.

As a result, in a shortened court trial Tóásó and other co-accused could be sentenced to a prison term they have already spent in jail, in other words they soon could be out of jail.

According to unnamed sources quoted by Bolivian daily Los Tiempos, the defendants are tired of the long prison years and the constant violation of their rights traumatized them therefore, they might agree to plead guilty to a less serious charge of armed uprising in return for a more lenient sentence.

In April 2009, Bolivian commandos liquidated Hungarian - Bolivian citizen Eduardo Rózsa-Flores, Hungarian national Árpád Magyarosi and Irish citizen Michael Dwyer in a Santa Cruz hotel claiming that the group committed terrorist acts and prepared new ones. Several members of the so-called terrorist group including Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadic had been arrested and still in jail without trial despite the fact that they should have long been released from jail under Bolivian law.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó instructed Hungary's Ambassador to Buenos Aires to get in touch with Bolivian authorities to ensure that Előd Tóásó can leave the country and return to Hungary as soon as possible. The consular service is ready to provide all the necessary technical assistance to Tóásó.

As part of a plea bargain, Előd Tóásó and co-accused Croatian - Bolivian citizen Mario Tadic were sentenced to five years and ten months in prison for conspiring in an armed uprising by a Bolivian court on Friday.

Both accused have spent close to six years in custody, so their sentences have already been served; it is expected that they will be released from jail soon.

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