Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Béla Biszku indicted
Hungarian prosecutors charged a former Communist Party official with war crimes for the first time on Wednesday over the suppression of an anti-Soviet uprising in 1956.
More than two decades after the fall of communism, the prosecution of Béla Biszku became possible under a law that stipulates war crimes and crimes against humanity do not lapse.
The 2011 law, pushed through by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling center-right Fidesz party, allows for the prosecution of crimes committed under the communist dictatorship.
The Budapest prosecutors said Biszku, 92, was charged over his role on a committee of the Communist Party involved in ordering the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and in the town of Salgotarjan in December 1956.
'The Budapest Prosecutor's Office has today submitted to the Budapest Court of Justice an indictment in the criminal proceedings launched against Béla Biszku for war crimes and other crimes,' the prosecution said in a statement.
The maximum sentence for war crimes, which they said Biszku had committed as an abettor, is life imprisonment...
Than, K. (2103) Hungary charges former top communist official with war crimes, Reuters, 16 October
Two earlier postings

A little more information on this story, in two earlier postings on Conductive World

11 September 2012

6 October 2012

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