Should 97-year-old Nazi war criminal be tried?
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According to The Sun, a 97-year-old Nazi war criminal responsible for the deaths of almost 16,000 Jews has been tracked down to an apartment in Budapest, Hungary. Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary allegedly was complicit in the murder of Jews during at Auschwitz in 1944. He was an officer for the Nazis, in charge of policing the ghetto of Kassa in Hungary (today this is Slovakian Kosice), where he allegedly committed atrocities. Since his trail in 1948 distressing details of his war crimes have surfaced, making him the number one most wanted war criminal in the world. His crimes included forcing prisoners into stress positions, drowning them in icy water, forcing women and children to dig up frozen earth with their bare hands and in official documents found by the Simon Wiesenthal Center it was discovered that he also took a particular pleasure in beating women with a whip he carried on his belt. He also helped transport up to 16,000 Jews to the concentration camp in Auschwitz Csizsik-Csatary was brought to trail in absentia for his war crimes after the war in Czechoslovakia and was sentenced to death by court. He however escaped to Canada and discarded with his true identity, living under the guise of an art dealer until he was discovered again in 1997. The Canadian government revoked his citizenship but again Csizsik-Csatary escaped before the government had enough time to serve his deportation papers. The Sun reporters and the Simon Wiesenthal Center tracked him down to a flat in Budapest, where they confronted him with his true identity and asked whether he was in fact the Csizsik-Csatary who had committed the alleged war crimes. He has since been captured, but what kind of justice should be served to this war criminal? Should he be sentenced to death as his 1948 trail ordered, or should he be put back on trail and his punishment reconsidered according to today’s law? At 97, to many it may seem as far as futile to imprison or execute this offender after he has lived the largest portion of his life in freedom - escaping the consequences of his actions even though he stopped many from living the full long life he has enjoyed.
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