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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to seven years in prison for illegally crossing the border and being an accomplice in a terrorist act during clashes with police in September 2015, state news agency MTI reported on Wednesday.

Ahmed Hamed was part of a group that crossed illegally into Hungary on Sept. 16, 2015 and also spoke to the crowd using a loudspeaker before hundreds of migrants forced open the border gate and police fired water cannon and teargas.

A Reuters photographer in the courtroom at the court in the southern town of Szeged said the man, who was guarded by masked police, received the sentence calmly.

(Reporting by Bernadett Szabo; Writing by Gergely Szakacs; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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