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Slovakia is Interested in Extradition of Csatary

Slovakia is Interested in Extradition of Csatary

Justice Minister Tomas Borec has an interest in seeing alleged war criminal Laszlo Csatary, who served as a high police functionary and representative of Hungarian occupation administration in Kosice in 1940s, extradited to Slovakia for prosecution.


On Friday (July 27), the Justice Ministry sent the file to relevant Kosice District Court I empowering the court can take action without delay. If the court decides to issue a European arrest warrant, the Justice Ministry will provide all necessary co-operation, although it can't and won't interfere into verdicts of the judiciary. "Regardless of the time expired, these crimes must be punished and cannot enjoy any statute of limitations," stressed Borec.

Csatary, now 97, is suspected of abusing Jews and assisting in sending thousands of them from Kosice to the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. He is a Hungarian national but his crimes were committed in what is now Slovakia.

He's currently under house arrest in Hungary after being detained on July 18. The Hungarian authorities have charged him with the "unlawful torture of human beings". Slovak Jews have called for Csatary's extradition so that he can stand trial in Slovakia.

by Michael Szatmary l Aug 9, 2012 12:00 AM l Print l
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