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Alleged Hungarian mercenaries sentenced to life in Senegal

DAKAR, March 27 (AFP)

Three Hungarians convicted of killing their driver as they travelled to Sierra Leone to allegedly seek work as mercenaries were A court in Dakar found them guilty of criminal conspiracy, murder and theft. They were accused of having strangled their Senegalese driver in April 2006 and stolen his vehicle.on Saturday sentenced to hard labour for life in Senegal.

Prosecutors say Gal Geza, 29, Zoltan Nazy, 32, and Feher Tamas, 34, had come to West Africa in search of mercenary work, particularly in Sierra Leone.

Geza was a deserter from the French Foreign Legion, while Nazy deserted from the Hungarian military, prosecutors say. During the trial, Geza denied seeking work as a mercenary.

“In Hungary, the job of security agent is not prohibited after a military career,” he said.

One of their lawyers had said they were passing through Senegal on their way to Sierra Leone to look for work as security officers in diamond mines.

According to prosecutors, they had planned to travel to Sierra Leone but did not have enough money for food, transport and lodging, leading them to plot to rent a 4×4 and kill the driver.

In April 2006, they rented the 4X4 on the pretext of going on safari in the north of the country, but strangled the driver when they reached Tivaouane, 92 kilometres (57 miles) north of Dakar, prosecutors said.

When they were arrested five kilometres from the Guinean border, they had no weapons but were in possession of a GPS, survival material and “documents instructing on guerrilla tactics in the jungle,” according to the charges.

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