The Government of Hungary has noted with deep concern that William Charles Morva, a Hungarian-American dual national, was sentenced to death and is facing execution on July 6, 2017.

Therefore the Embassy of Hungary sent a letter to Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, containing a humanitarian appeal requesting to commute Mr. Morva’s sentence to life imprisonment without parole. The Hungarian appeal buttresses the clemency application initiated on behalf of Mr. Morva by his legal team. After exhausting all legal recourse, Mr. Morva’s only hope rests in the clemency proceeding, with the decision to be made by Governor McAuliffe.

The Government of Hungary condemns the crimes involved in the case and expresses its utmost sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. It has no intention to interfere in any way with the legal procedures and verdicts of the United States justice system.

As a member of the European Union and State Party to all relevant international agreements, Hungary strongly opposes the use of capital punishment. Hungary, together with the EU and its Member States, also considers that the death penalty should not be imposed on persons suffering from mental disorders. Mr. Morva has been diagnosed with severe delusional disorder. For this reason, the EU Delegation in Washington D.C., on behalf of all EU Member States, has also turned to the Governor with a similar request.

The joint effort represents the final push on behalf of Mr. Morva. For more than a year, coordinated activities have involved previous letters sent by EU Delegation and EU Member States, consultations with the legal team and NGOs in Washington and in Budapest, meetings with the Governor’s Representatives in Richmond, VA by the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of Hungary and the representative of EU Delegation in Washington, DC, and public campaigns initiated by civil society organizations in the US and in Hungary.