The camera woman who was filmed kicking and tripping migrants and they fled police on the Hugary-Serbian border has been indicted by Hungarian prosecutors.
Petra Laszlo was charged with breaching the peace.
“The accused, while she continued filming the scene, kicked a young man in the shin with a swift movement of her right foot, and immediately after that, she also kicked a minor girl at knee high with her right leg,” Chief Prosecutor Zsolt Kopasz stated.
“The violent actions of the accused did not inflict injury, however her behavior was capable of provoking indignation and outcry in the members of the public present at the scenes,” he added, and said there was no evidence that the actions were “motivated by ethnic considerations or by the migrant status of the victims.”
Laszlo became a symbol of anti-migrant sentiment in Hungary. She became most known for sticking her leg out as a Syrian migrant carrying a child ran by, causing him to tumble to the ground.
The prosecutor claims that Laszlo intended to trip the man but her leg didn’t actually connect. The footage sparked international furor, prompting Hungary’s N1TV network to fire her, saying she “behaved unacceptably.”
“Laszlo later told Russian newspaper Izvestia that her life was ‘ruined’ by the incidents which took place Sept. 8, 2015, and she was considering moving to Russia,” the Associated Press reported.
The migrant man with the child was later identified as Osama Abdul Mohsen.
Within days of the incident, Mohsen arrived in Madrid with two of his sons, ages 17 and 8 and was granted a job and asylum by the Spanish government.
Laszlo later said that she regretted her actions.