Thursday 8 December 2016

TV reporter who tripped refugee plans to sue her victim

David Lawler

Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30

Petra Laszlo appeared to intentionally kick two young refugees before tripping Osama Abdul Mohsen, a Syrian refugee who was holding his young son at the time
Petra Laszlo appeared to intentionally kick two young refugees before tripping Osama Abdul Mohsen, a Syrian refugee who was holding his young son at the time

The Hungarian camerawoman who sparked international outrage when she was caught on film last month tripping a refugee carrying a child now says she plans to sue her victim.

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Petra Laszlo appeared to intentionally kick two young refugees before tripping Osama Abdul Mohsen, a Syrian refugee who was holding his young son at the time.

Mrs Laszlo was fired from her job and faces a criminal trial in Hungary for "breach of the peace".

She has now told a Russian newspaper she will sue Mr Mohsen, who she accuses of altering his testimony to the police investigating her. She also says she will sue Facebook for allegedly refusing to remove threatening content directed at her.

Ms Laszlo says the lawsuits were inspired by her husband.

"My husband wants to prove my innocence," she said. "For him, it is now a matter of honour."

The paths of Ms Laszlo and Mr Mohsen have diverged significantly since the September 8 incident in which she knocked him to the ground near the border between Hungary and Serbia.

Mrs Laszlo was working at the time for N1TV, a Hungarian broadcaster with links to the far-right Jobbik Party.

Pariah She quickly became a pariah on social media, in the international press and in her native country. She said in this week's interview that she and her husband feel they must leave Hungary.

She apologised for the incident, saying "something snapped in me", but has cast herself as a victim.

Mr Mohsen, meanwhile, was given a hero's welcome upon arrival in Spain.

A former professional football manager who lost his home and livelihood due to the violence in Syria, he was offered a position in a Spanish football academy.

He and his young sons were also hosted by Real Madrid soon after their arrival in Spain. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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