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Laszlo Csatary, Former Canadian, Indicted For Nazi-Era War Crimes

06/18/2013 11:34 EDT | Updated 06/18/2013 11:36 EDT
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Laszlo Csatary (L), aka Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, leaves the courthouse in Budapest on July 18, 2012, after he was placed under house arrest for 30 days following questioning by an investigative judge at the military's prosecution's office. Meanwhile the Simon Wiesenthal Centre welcomed the arrest by Hungarian police of the Nazi war crimes suspect, who topped the US Nazi-hunting organisation's most wanted list. Csatary is accused by the Wiesenthal Center of having helped organise the deportation of some 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/GettyImages)

Laszlo Csatary, a Hungarian who lived in Canada for several decades, has been indicted by Hungarian prosecutors for Nazi-era war crimes, including sending Jews to Auschwitz and running an internment camp.

Csatary, 98, worked as an art dealer in Canada for several decades but left in 1997 before a deportation hearing, the Associated Press reports. His Canadian citizenship was later revoked.

The Hungarian allegedly served in the Nazi police in Kosice, now in Slovakia. Csatary denies the charges.

"With his actions, Laszlo Csatary... deliberately provided help to the unlawful executions and torture committed against Jews deported to concentration camps," the prosecutor's statement reads.

Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 and arrested by Hungarian authorities in 2012, Reuters reports.

Survivors remember Csatary's presence. “I can see him in front of me,” Holocaust survivor Edita Salamonova told The Associated Press. “A tall, handsome man but with a heart of stone.”

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