Footage of the incident, which took place as a large number of asylum seekers were seeking safe haven in Europe, went viral. The woman was identified as Petra Laszlo, a Hungarian camerawoman; her news outlet, the right-wing N1TV, fired her. She was later sentenced to three years' probation in a Hungarian court for disorderly conduct.
As The Washington Post reported at the time, N1TV released a statement saying that a “colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roeszke reception center. The cameraman’s employment was terminated with immediate effect.”
But Hungary’s top court acquitted Laszlo on Tuesday, ruling that while her behavior was “morally incorrect and illicit,” it did not amount to criminal activity.
Mohsen and his son eventually reached Spain, where they were granted asylum — and a visit with the Real Madrid soccer team, thanks to the attention Laszlo’s behavior had garnered. “In Syria we dreamed of seeing a Real Madrid match, and now that’s going to come true,” he said in a statement the club released in 2015 after inviting him to a game. “I’m really happy.”