Scepticism about Hungary trial for Nazi war criminal

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Scepticism about Hungary trial for Nazi war criminal

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The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre is urging Hungarian authorities to take action against the man being called the ‘most-wanted Nazi war criminal’.

British newspaper The Sun tracked down 97-year-old Laszlo Csatary, who is living in a two-bedroom apartment in Budapest.

He has been confirmed as the man alleged to have sent 15,700 Jews to their deaths in Auschwitz whilst working as Slovakian city Kosice’s chief of police, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

Serge Klarsfeld, a French Nazi hunter and president of Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews of France said: “A trial certainly won’t take place in Hungary. They protect him. The proof is that the police and judiciary knew exactly where he was and didn’t do anything about it. Therefore, there’s no reason to believe a trial will take place.”

Finding him complicit in the deportation of thousands of Jews during World War II, a Czech court issued a death sentence on Csatary after a trial held in his absence in 1948. At the time, he had fled to Canada. He abandoned the North American country in 1995 when his identity was revealed.