17 Jul 2012

World War II suspect located in Budapest

1:32 pm on 17 July 2012

The Sun newspaper in Britain claims a former Hungarian police officer who is accused of responsibility for the deaths of nearly 16,000 Jews in World War II, has been found living in Budapest.

Reporters from the paper found a man believed to be Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary, now aged 97, living in the Hungarian capital.

He is accused of playing a key role in the deportation of about 300 Jews from Kosice, Slovakia, to Kamenetz-Podolsk, Ukraine, where almost all were murdered in the summer of 1941.

After the war, he lived in Canada. but disappeared in 1997 after being stripped of his Canadian citizenship.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has urged Hungary to act against him. It says Mr Csatary is implicated in the deportations of thousands of Jews from Kosice and its environs to Auschwitz in early 1944.

AFP reports the Simon Wiesenthal Centre has confirmed that an informer provided information 10 months ago that allowed it to locate Mr Csatary in Budapest. The informer was paid $US25,000.

The BBC reports the chief prosecutor's office is studying the evidence and may bring charges.