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Hungary tries 92-year-old communist for war crimes

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Hungary tries 92-year-old communist for war crimes

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A former senior Communist Party official from the 1950s has gone on trial in Hungary charged with war crimes.

Prosecuters have put 92-year-old Bela Biszku in the dock over the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.

It is claimed he ordered the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and the town of Salgotarjan.

The trial has only become possible due to a new law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party that says war crimes and crimes against humanity do not lapse.