Slovakia wants war crimes suspect extradited from Hungary

Prosecutors in Slovakia are pressing for the extradition of Hungarian war crimes suspect László Csatáry. The 98-year-old former police commander was arrested in Budapest last summer on suspicion of complicity in the transportation of 15 700 Jews from Kosice, now in Slovakia, to Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1944. A Slovak court has commuted a death sentence dating from 1948 to life imprisonment, Israeli paper Haaretz wrote on Sunday. Meanwhile, Csatáry remains under house arrest, awaiting trial in Hungary.
There is no statute of limitations under Slovak law for Csatáry’s alleged crimes, and Kosice prosecutor’s office spokesman Milan Filicko said the commutation to a life sentence brings the sentence into line with current legislation, with capital punishment having been abolished in 1990.

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