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Irish driver wanted in Hungary can serve sentence in Ireland

The Hungarian government has said Ciarán Tobin can serve his sentence in Ireland if he surrenders himself.

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THE HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT has promised to allow Ciarán Tobin finish his sentence for negligent driving causing death in Ireland if he surrenders himself to authorities.

Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics said he gave a personal guarantee to the Irish Justice Minister that the Dublin man can serve jail time in his own country. It is unclear if he would have to begin his 18-month sentence in Hungary first before returning home.

The Hungarian administration has claimed that the 48-year-old is “prepared” to begin serving his sentence. He was convicted of negligent driving causing the death of two children in Budapest in April 2000.

Two previous attempts to extradite him to Hungary have failed in Irish courts.

On 9 April 2000, Tobin’s vehicle mounted a footpath and struck a five-year-old and a two-year-old in Leanyfalu. Siblings Marton and Petra Zoltai were both killed.

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