Hungary: Nazi-era war crime suspect held

2012-07-18 12:00

Budapest — Hungarian prosecutors say they have taken into custody, and charged with war crimes, a man suspected of taking part in the deportation of Jews in 1944.

Prosecutors say that Laszlo Csatary, whose case was brought to their attention by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, was taken into custody on Wednesday.

They say Csatary was a police officer in the Slovakian city of Kosice, at a time part of Hungary, when Jews were deported to Auschwitz and other death camps and that he was present when the trains were loaded and sent on their way.

Prosecutors want the 97-year-old suspect held under house arrest, which will also allow authorities to confiscate Csatary's passport.

Prosecutors said that considering Csatary's age, he is in a good physical and mental state.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 12:13

    What a waste of time. The man is dead on his feet.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 12:14

      Would you rather he got away with genocide?

      magomarele - 2012-07-18 13:06

      He must never ever be allowed to get away with genecide. We'll never forget what the NAZIS did to our felow human race, with his help. He must face painful execution like what his victims were subjected to.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-18 13:48

      gerhard.kress.3 Judging by your earlier comments on the issue you are a Nazi sympathiser. I say, drag him in to court, in a bed if necessary, try him and, if guilty, lock him away for the the rest of his awful life.

      LanfearM - 2012-07-18 15:18

      He DID get away with genocide DumbCharles. He is 97 years old. @ zaatheist - yeah right. He got away already. Do you really think it punishment for such awful genocide to spend the last year or two of his life in a jail? When he is that old already? Get over it. He got away. What they do now is symbolic, not punishment. And that symbolism is totally useless as all the other genocides that took place after the Nazis, just in the last 60 years, have proven. People still do it, and obviously never learn.

      almeleh - 2012-07-18 16:27

      It is my grandparents who are dead.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-07-18 14:03

    Lets rather determine what his actual role in the affair was before we judge. He was "present". What role did he play?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 17:32

    He is presently under house arrest whilst being investigated. What is wrong with you people?

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