Jul 09, 2013
By Jane Brown
Here’s an update on the fate of 98 year old Laszlo Csatary, a former Canadian who’d been indicted by Hungarian prosecutors for abusing Jews and assisting in their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II.
Hungarian prosecutors today have appealed a court decision suspending their case against Csatary. A Budapest court suspended the case because of double jeopardy, as the charges filed by Hungarian prosecutors against Csatary are similar to those for which he was sentenced to death in Czechoslovakia in 1948.
Slovakia recently changed the sentence to life in prison and a decision on a request for Csatary’s extradition is expected this month. A prosecutors’ spokesperson says that they considered the court’s decision premature and felt that the case could continue even pending Slovakia’s decision on extradition.
Csatary lived for decades in Canada and worked as an art dealer before leaving in 1997 before he was due to appear at a deportation hearing. His Canadian citizenship was later revoked.
He was first detained by Hungarian authorities in July 2012 after his case was made public by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish organization active in hunting down Nazis who have yet to be brought to justice.