The recently apprehended 97-yr old war criminal László Csatáry, who as chief police officer in Kosice in 1944 oversaw the deportation of thousands of Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp, could be standing trial in Slovakia.
A petition has been launched by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia (UZZNO) requesting the Slovak authorities to demand jurisdiction for overseeing Csatáry’s trial and to impose justice on him. Csatáry was sentenced to death in Czechoslovakia back in 1948, but managed to avoid capture for almost 64 years until last week when caught in Hungary.
At a press conference on the subject, the Federation argued that some older people, especially women, are still alive today and could act as key witnesses. A problem could be Csatary’s extradition or the mysterious disappearance of certain key documents in 1995, after an investigation was launched in Canada, where he was holed up at the time.