Athena Institute

Magyar

‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied’

2012-02-27
The Tages-Anzeiger cites the Athena Institute in relation to the Roma serial killings' ever lasting criminal suit and the ignorance of Hungarian politics. 'The proceeding should have told a story that similar politically motivated crimes cannot be committed in Hungary' - remarked the director of the Institute to the newspaper.

In properly functioning democracies the jurisdiction creates a precedent in cases like this. After capturing the assumed perpetrators a verdict is delivered within a reasonable time. The verdict conveys an important message to the society of its own, but it also reaches further. Namely, it creates a reference point for politics to build upon. A reference point indeed put to use by politicians to transform political culture.

In the given case however, Hungary seems to miss an opportunity to reinforce its most profound values.