Csatáry Indicted On War Crimes Charges In Budapest

  • 19 Jun 2013 9:00 AM
Csatáry Indicted On War Crimes Charges In Budapest
Budapest prosecutors yesterday pressed charges against war crimes suspect László Csatáry at the Municipal Court. Under the indictment Csatáry actively collaborated in the deportation of nearly 12,000 people from an internment camp in a brick factory in Kosice, Slovakia from May 1944. He was the head of the camp at the time.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre alleges that Csatáry, as police commander of the town, played a key role in the deportation of over 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz in 1941-44.

Csatáry, now 97, has issued conflicting statements on his role, claiming at one time that he had been confused with a namesake and at other times admitting a hand in deportations but saying that he merely performed “public administration duties”.

The indictment also alleges that Csatáry beat those interned regularly with his own hands and a whip without any special reason, regardless of their sex, age or state of health.

In view of the defendant’s advanced age, the trial will begin within three months, a prosecutors spokeswoman said.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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