Most-wanted Nazi denies war crime claims

Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary, who is accused of overseeing the deportation of thousands of Jews during World War II, has denied all allegations against him, his lawyer said.

Lawyer Gabor Horvath made the announcement after the 97-year-old appeared at a three-hour closed-door hearing at the prosecutor's office in Budapest.

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre accuses Csatary of organising the World War II deportation of some 16,000 Jews from the ghetto of Kosice, in present-day Slovakia, to their deaths at the Auschwitz extermination camp.

Tuesday's hearing was aimed at enabling prosecutors to lay out their evidence against Csatary, who was arrested earlier this month after apparently living for years undisturbed in Hungary.

No formal charges have yet been filed against Csatary, who was listed by the Wiesenthal Centre as its top most wanted Nazi war criminal, and is now under house arrest.


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