Irish Killer Driver Will Probably Have To Serve His Full Sentence In Ireland, Not In Hungary

  • 27 Jan 2014 8:00 AM
Irish Killer Driver Will Probably Have To Serve His Full Sentence In Ireland, Not In Hungary
When Irish offenders are sentenced to incarceration outside Ireland, the Irish president may probably not pardon them. Francis Ciarán Tobin will thus probably have to serve his full sentence in jail – this daily has learned from Irish sources.

Magyar Nemzet has sounded out several Irish lawyers on this issue after Hungarian Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics told on January 15 that the Irish killer driver might ask for and perhaps get clemency upon returning to Ireland.

Navracsics has said Tobin – who arrived in Hungary on January 13 – will be taken to Dublin by Interpol and then local law enforcement agents will take him to a jail.

It will be recalled that Tobin, an employee of an Irish insurer, Irish Life, was speeding in 2000 in the town of Leányfalu, slid to the hard shoulder and ran over two children.

In late 2000 Tobin left Hungary. In 2002 he was sentenced to three years in jail in absentia by a Hungarian court. Upon joining the European Union, Hungary requested his extradition on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant twice but the Irish Supreme Court turned those requests down.

The turning-point in his case came early in 2013 when Navracsics gave his personal guarantee that, if Tobin come to Hungary to serve a part of his sentence in a jail in Hungary, he may return to Ireland within the shortest possible time to continue serving his sentence.

Tobin defined a list of conditions, including a cell of his own and seeing his wife for 40 minutes daily. He arrived in Liszt Ferenc Airport on Jan. 13 and was immediately arrested.

On Jan 15 Tobin officially requested his transfer to Ireland and Navracsics assented the same day.

Speaking to The Irish Daily Mail, Bence Zoltai, father of the children slain, has expressed concern that back in Ireland Tobin might – by hook or by crook – evade serving the rest of his sentence.

Source: Magyar Nemzet

Translated by Budapest Telegraph

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