Slovakia: New Charges Filed Against “Most Wanted Nazi” Csatary
New charges have been filed in Slovakia against 97-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary who is currently under house arrest in nearby Hungary according to the BBC.
Csatary, who was interrogated by Hungarian prosecutors on Wednesday was discovered just a few weeks ago living in Budapest by a reporter from British newspaper The Sun. Echoing a request from the Slovakian Jewish community, Slovak Justice Minister Tomas Borec said on Monday that he would like Csatary to be tried in Slovakia.
Csatary was arrested by the Hungarian police after numerous calls from the Simon Weisenthal Center to arrest the man they believe to have assisted in the killings of 15,700 Jews from the Kassa (now Kosice) ghetto, by his involvement in deporting them to Auschwitz.
According to the center, Csatary is considered to be the world’s “most wanted Nazi” yet to be brought to justice. Csatary, however, maintains his innocence, claiming that he only served as an intermediary between Hungarian and German officials in Kassa and that he was not personally responsible for the deaths.
A Czechoslovakian court sentenced him to death in 1948, and Csatary faces the possibility of being extradited. Although the death penalty is no longer practiced in Slovakia, Csatary would face life imprisonment if convicted.
He fled to Canada after the war, working in Montreal and Toronto as an art dealer. In 1997 he disappeared from Canada after he was stripped of his Canadian citizenship.
The Simon Weisenthal Center could not immediately be reached by The Algemeiner for comment.