Hungary bans ex-BNP leader

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THE former British National Party Leader from near Llanfair Caereinion has been banned from Hungary after counter terror advice.

Nick Griffin, 58, known for his far right views, did attempt to move to Hungary earlier this year, but was declared “persona non grata” by the government and was given entry and residency bans.

The former BNP leader planned his move as a ‘refugee’, because of the country’s policies of the Prime Minister against Asylum seekers.

The decision to bar Mr Griffin was taken on the advice of Hungary’s counter-terror police unit TEK, the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

“The British national John Nicholas Griffin is a persona non grata in Hungary who has been... issued with entry and residency bans,” it said.

This now means the politician is  banned from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hungary and the Ukraine.

He announced on Twitter he will appeal the decision.

A former BNP member and fellow far right activist James Dowson was barred from Budapest, just days before Mr Griffin received his ban.

Mr Dowson had been operating a branch of the anti-immigration group Knights Templar International in the Hungarian capital since 2015.

They said the 52-year-old was a national security threat.

He also set up a news agency in Budapest that he said aimed to help Donald Trump win the US election last year.

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