Taxi Driver Accused Of Extortion

  • 15 Aug 2016 9:00 AM
Taxi Driver Accused Of Extortion
Police have launched proceedings against a Budapest taxi driver accused of taking the law into his own hands. The driver is suspected of striking an Irish passenger and driving him to an unidentified place in the form of blackmail.

The Irishman was to be driven from the Sziget festival to his accommodation on Margaret Island, but, as he was unable to pay the fare with his credit card the driver took him to an ATM.

After the passenger withdrew Ft 20,000 the driver told him that he would only take him home for Ft 25,000. The man found the bill too steep and asked to be taken to the police instead.

The driver then struck the man and drove him to a hilly area, claiming he would only take him back to the city if he paid the Ft 25,000.

The passenger paid up, but the driver yanked him from the car and drove away. Police have identified the driver.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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