Suspected war criminal Csatary 370.
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The former head of the Budapest Holocaust Museum has criticized Hungarian
authorities for not extraditing accused Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary to
Slovakia, where he already has been sentenced to death.
a former Hungarian politician in the Socialist Party and, told Klubradio
Wednesday that “Hungary does not really want to condemn Csatary. Due to his age
and the usually long legal procedure, the Hungarian authorities will not be able
to come to a final verdict in the case” before he dies.
Hungarian authorities did not want to extradite him, for some reason,” Harsányi
Csatary, 98, was charged by Hungarian prosecutors Tuesday with
beating and whipping Jews as the police commander of the Kassa internment camp
before sending about 12,000 in 1944 to be murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz and
other death camps, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported. According to
Jerusalem’s Wiesenthal Center, Csatary had a key role in the deportation of
15,700 Jews to Auschwitz.
A Czechoslovak court sentenced Csatary to death
in absentia in 1948 for war crimes. At the time, Csatary had already fled to
Canada, which stripped him of his Canadian citizenship in 1997 and forced him to
return to his native Hungary.
The town in what is now Slovakia, Kassa,
from where Csatary deported Jews to their deaths, was then located in
Observers in Hungary believe that Csatary was not deported in
order to show the “honest intention” of the Hungarian authorities to condemn
In what appears to be a precedent for the Csatary case, accused
Nazi war criminal Sandor Kepiro was acquitted in Hungary in July 2011 of the
murder of Jews and Serbs in 1942, and died in a hospital in Hungary two months
later at the age of 97, while the decision was under appeal.
prosecutors had charged Kepiro, a former World War II gendarmerie officer, with
involvement in the killing of about 400 Jews and 800 Serbs during an
anti-partisan raid in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, then under Hungarian
control, on Jan. 23, 1942. Kepiro admitted to involvement in the raids but
denied any knowledge of the massacre.
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