Slovakian Jews Call for Extradition of Alleged Holocaust-era War Criminal

Federation of Jewish Communities says local Jews want 97-year-old Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary to stand trial in Slovakia.

Slovak's Jewish community is calling on state authorities to request that a 97-year-old alleged Holocaust-era war criminal under house arrest in Hungary stand trial in Slovakia.

Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary, 97, is accused of sending 15,700 Jews to their deaths in 1944, when he was an officer in the Hungarian Royal Police. His town, Kosice, then part of Hungary, is now part of Slovakia.

Jaroslav Franek, spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities, said Tuesday that local Jews want Csatary to stand trial in Slovakia.

Slovakia's Justice Ministry says it is studying the case.

Csatary has been convicted in absentia for war crimes in Czechoslovakia in 1948 and sentenced to death.

Hungarian authorities charged Csatary last week with "unlawful torture of human beings," after he was found alive and well after a 15-year search. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

In 1948, Czechoslovakia sentenced him in absentia to death. Slovakia’s justice minister is looking into the issue.