Hungarian war criminal Csatary subject of new probe in Slovakia

Hungarian war criminal Csatary subject of new probe in Slovakia

Wartime police officer, now 97, under investigation for role in deportation of Jewish teen

JTA — Police in Kosice, Slovakia, have launched a new investigation into the actions of war criminal Lazslo Csatary, who is currently under house arrest in Hungary.

Csatary, 97, served during World War II as a Hungarian police commander in the Jewish ghetto of Kosice, then a part of Hungary. The newly launched investigation in Kosice focuses on Csatary’s alleged involvement in the 1945 deportation of a 17-year-old boy to a labor camp in Germany, according to a Sept. 26 report by the Slovak news agency TASR.

Milan Filicko, a spokesperson for the Kosice prosecutor’s office, told TASR that the son of the person who had been deported filed the complaint against Csatary in August.

Hungarian police arrested Csatary in Budapest in July. The Budapest prosecutor’s office is investigating his alleged complicity in the deportation of some 15,000 Jews who were murdered in 1944.

In August, the Hungarian prosecutor´s office dismissed allegations that Csatary had also helped send 300 Kosice Jews to their deaths in 1941.

A Czechoslovak court sentenced Csatary to death in absentia in 1948 for war crimes. At the time, Csatary had already fled to Canada, which stripped him of his Canadian citizenship in 1997.

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