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  6/18/2013, Tammuz 10, 5773

Israel Welcomes Indictment of Hungarian War Criminal


Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports prosecutors in Budapest indicted Laszlo Csatary for torturing Jews and deporting them to their deaths during World War II.

Csatary, 98, was charged Tuesday with beating and whipping Jews as the police commander of the Kassa internment camp before sending about 12,000 in 1944 to be murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz and other death camps, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

According to Jerusalem’s Wiesenthal Center, Csatary had a key role in the deportation of 15,700 Jews to Auschwitz, adds JTA.

The Foreign Ministry welcomed the news, "Justice can be served even after 70 years. The indictment is a strong message for future Hungarian generations who never knew of their country's relatively recent collaboration with the Nazis. Hungary should expedite the sentence due to Csatary's advanced age."