UPDATE - Dorset Man Found Guilty Of Fraud In Hungary
5:09pm 29th November 2012
A Dorset man arrested under the controversial European Arrest Warrant nearly three years ago has been found guilty of fraud by a Hungarian court in Budapest today.
Michael Turner from Castle Corfe and Jason McGoldrick from Plymouth were charged with multiple counts of fraud following the failure of their marketing company in 2003.
Under the European Arrest warrant they were taken from their homes in November 2009 and handed over to Hungarian police at Gatwick Airport in handcuffs. Using the warrant meant that no evidence had to be produced to a British Court.
They were held for three weeks before being allowed a phone call and in all were held for four months with coming to trial or facing charged. They were told that under current Hungarian law they could be held under those conditions for up to four years.
Today the judge ruled on the fraud charges which involved the men's company owing 134 people sums ranging from £50 to £250.They were found guilty on 53 counts and not guilty of 330 counts. The men were fined a total of 18,000 euros and ordered to pay costs of 2,000 euros. Michael was given a five month prison sentence and Jason seven months - both suspended for two years.