The past may have finally caught up with a 97-year-old Nazi war criminal when Laszlo Csatary was taken into custody today in Budapest.
Csatary, who has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to death, was picked up early today, Bettina Bagoly, spokeswoman for the Budapest prosecutor, told ABC News.
The elderly former Nazi “was accused with committing war crimes,” according to a statement released by the prosecutor’s office.
Csatary will be taken before an investigative judge later today and the “prosecution office will initiate the house arrest,” the statement said.
Bagoly said the prosecutor’s office is still investigating allegations against Csatary, and the office statement indicated that the probe began in September 2011 at the instigation of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel which specializes in hunting Nazi war criminals.
The prosecutor’s statement said they were warned by the Wiesenthal Center that Csatary “will leave the country as soon as he realizes that there is ongoing investigation in the case.”
The prosecutors said the investigation is complicated by the age of the crime and that it was committed in Slovakia, witnesses are in Israel, some of the legal papers are in Canada and the suspect is in Hungary.
Csatary has lived openly under his own name in Budapest in recent years. When the accusation against him became public this week and police visited his two homes in Budapest, Csatary was not there.
Csatary, the former police chief of a camp in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then part of Hungary, was described as a “particularly sadistic” Nazi official.