The municipal court of Budapest will decide whether to extradite WWII crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary to Slovakia once a European warrant is received, the Hungarian Justice Ministry told MTI on Monday.
The ministry is not aware if a European warrant has been issued, the statement added.
Earlier in the day, Slovak Justice Minister Tomas Borec told reporters in Bratislava that Slovakia wanted Csatary to be tried in that country.
Borec said that Csatary’s crimes were imprescriptible, and that the suspect could not be acquitted even if he had acted on order.
According to Jerusalem’s Wiesenthal Centre, Csatary, as police commander of the local ghetto in Kassa (now Kosice, Slovakia), had a key role in the deportation of over 15,000 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp in spring 1944, and around 300 Jews to a camp in western Ukraine’s Kamyanets-Podilsky.
At the end of the war, Csatary fled Hungary and settled in Canada, where he was granted Canadian citizenship in 1955. He was sentenced to death in absentia by the Czechoslovak authorities in 1948.
In October 1997, Csatary left Canada to avoid procedures of expulsion after it turned out that his application for citizenship had contained false data.
Hungarian authorities put Csatary under house arrest in mid-July.