Saturday, 6 October 2012


András Pető's patient and supporter

Barely peeping into the Western media as yet is yesterday's agency report from Reuter's – 

Budapest Hungarian prosecutors brought a new charge of “complicity in criminal acts” on Friday against Bela Biszku, a former communist leader under investigation for alleged war crimes in the aftermath of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Budapest.

'In March 1957, at a time when Bela Biszku was interior minister, policemen severely beat three members of the Hungarian Academy of Science who had taken part in the events of 1956,' the Prosecution Office in Budapest said in a statement.

'Although he was informed about this incident only a month later... (Biszku) neglected to launch criminal proceedings against the policemen and instead ordered the file to be stored away,' it added, describing the charge as 'complicity in criminal acts... carried out in the interests of the Communist one-party state.'

Biszku was arrested on September 10 for 'war crimes' and stands accused of ordering security forces to open fire on crowds in Budapest and Salgotarjan in separate incidents in November and December 1956, during which around 50 people were killed.

The 91 year-old Biszku however denies the charges, for which he could face a life sentence, according to Budapest's chief prosecutor Tibor Ibolya.

In 2011, the conservative government led by Viktor Orban modified a law to enable people suspected of involvement in the reprisals following the 1956 uprising to be tried in court.

Biszku is the first of the 1956 Communist leadership to face a criminal inquiry.

Béla Biszku has been under house arrest. His present whereabouts are as yet not reported.

His contact with András Pető, and his subsequent part in getting conductive pedagogy shifted from Health to Education, were reported on Conductive World a month ago


 (2012) 1956 Hungarian minister charged, Reuters, 5 October
Sutton, A. (2012) Conductive World, András Pető's patient and supporter arrested: Béla Biszku, a link with the past, 11 September


Blogger Susie Mallett said...

This is the second time today that I have read about Béla Biszku. The first occasion was on page 83 of the book that you and Gill Maguire have just published, in 'The enigmatic Dr Pető' - the memories of Károly and Magda Ákos.

Saturday, 6 October 2012 at 20:51:00 BST  
Anonymous Andrew Sutton said...

I looked to see whether the Western media had picked upon this story over the last couple of days, but there is silence: nobody is interested.

In doing so, however, I did spot a snippet on him in the Budapest Times of 1 October:

'… Béla Biszku … received hospital treatment for some days last week, a spokesman for the Budapest Prosecutor’s Office told state news agency MTI on Tuesday. For the duration of the 91-year-old Biszku’s hospital stay the Buda Central District Court modified the terms of his house arrest. The spokesman declined to provide further details about Biszku’s health and MTI was unable to reach his lawyer.'

Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 19:08:00 BST  

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