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Jewish community in Slovakia asks for Csatáry’s extradition

Slovakia’s Central Union of Jewish Communities (ÚZŽNO) wants László Csatáry, charged in Hungary with deporting thousands of Jews from Košice (then Kassa) to Auschwitz during World War II, to be extradited to Slovakia. Its members have already called on the Slovak authorities to act, the TASR newswire reported.

Slovakia’s Central Union of Jewish Communities (ÚZŽNO) wants László Csatáry, charged in Hungary with deporting thousands of Jews from Košice (then Kassa) to Auschwitz during World War II, to be extradited to Slovakia. Its members have already called on the Slovak authorities to act, the TASR newswire reported.

“The witnesses live in Slovakia; there are actually none in Hungary,” said ÚZŽNO chair Igor Rintel, as quoted by TASR

Moreover, it was Czechoslovakia whose courts sentenced Csatáry to death in absentia in 1948, thus “there is a bigger supposition that justice will be finished in real time in the Slovak Republic”.

Rintel added that though most of the witnesses are of an advanced age, justice in Csatáry’s case should be done at least symbolically, as the crimes against humanity that he committed are not subject to any statute of limitations.

Csatáry, 97, was detained by Hungarian police on July 18 after journalists from Britain’s Sun newspaper found him living in a flat in Budapest and published a story with pictures. Hungarian courts then placed him under 30-day house arrest pending investigation of his case, TASR wrote.

While some legal experts agree that the 1948 conviction could be applied but with the death penalty changed to life imprisonment, ÚZŽNO notes that many of the documents from Csatáry’s court files have been lost.

Source: TASR

For more information about this story please see: Suspected war criminal who worked in Košice is detained in Hungary

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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