Slovak authorities produce “star witness” against Hungarian war crime suspect Csatáry

Publié le par All Hungary Media Group - MTI

All Hungary Media Grouppublished 19/12/2012 at 09:59 by MTI

Slovak police have found a star witness in the case of suspected war criminal Laszlo Csatary, Hungarian public radio said on Tuesday evening.

Csatary LaszloThe Slovak authorities keep the witness’s identity in secret and even declined to disclose its gender.

It is sure, however, that the witness survived the deportation of Jews from Kassa (now Kosice in Slovakia) in 1944 and has presumably exact information about Csatary’s actions as police commander of the local ghetto.

The Budapest Public Prosecutor’s Office asked legal aid from the Slovak authorities so that its staff members can question the witness as soon as possible, spokeswoman Bettina Bagoly said.

According to Jerusalem’s Nazi-hunting Wiesenthal Centre, Csatary had a key role in the deportation of over 15,000 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp in the spring of 1944.

At the end of the war, Csatary fled Hungary and settled in Canada, where he was granted Canadian citizenship in 1955. He was sentenced to death in absentia by the Czechoslovak authorities in 1948. In October 1997, Csatary left Canada to avoid procedures of expulsion after it turned out that his application for citizenship had contained false data.

The 97-year-old suspect, who was put under house arrest in Budapest last July, denies the charge.

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