Miss Blueye Gets Six Months Term In Hungarian Jail
A Hungarian court yesterday sentenced Henrietta Blueye '70 to six months in jail.
Miss Blueye's co-defendant, Mario Rocchino, an Italian who had been living in West Germany, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $128.
Miss Blueye and Rocchino were arrested Aug. 11 at Sopren, Hungary, when border guards found Frank Schober, an East German concealed under a bunk in the car trailer the pair were driving. They admitted Schrober's mother offered them $2500 if they could smuggle Schrober into the West.
The maximum penalty on the charge of "assisting in an attempt at a prohibted border crossing" is five years in prison. The Associated Press reported that the two and a half months Miss Blueye has spent in jail while awaiting trial would be counted as part of her sentence.
A court order expelling Miss Blueye from Hungary after completing her term prevents her obtaining a parole. Defense attorneys said they would appeal for a reduced sentence, but the prosecution will appeal for a stiffer penalty.
The indictment also charged that the pair had smuggled another East German from Czechoslovakia to Austria earlier in August.
"I thought we were doing something that had to be done to help these people rejoin people they were attached to," Miss Blueye said. Later she realized "it was very improper--the wrong thing to do," she said.
Miss Blueye said she had received no money for her role, but that she thought Rocchino had been paid for expenses. She denied taking an active part in contacting or hiding Schober, but said that, during the rendezvous with him, she had telephoned a West German woman with the code words "Christian wants to see you."