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American man who hit parliamentary guard handed suspended prison sentence

A Budapest court has handed an American man who punched a parliamentary guard in the face a prison sentence of one year, suspended for two years.

The court also ordered the 21-year-old to be expelled from Hungary for two years, the central investigative prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The man drunkenly approached one of the gates of Parliament on April 4 at around 2am and tried to enter the closed-off area by climbing over the chain link, while the guard, after issuing a verbal warning in English, fended off his repeated attempts to enter by holding him by the shoulder.

The accused then ran away before entering a closed-off area and punching the guard in the face two or three times.

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