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Hungary indicts war crimes suspect

Hungarian prosecutors have indicted a 98-year-old former police officer for abusing Jews and assisting in their deportation to Nazi death camps during the Second World War.

Laszlo Csatary, who denies the charges, was first detained by Hungarian authorities in July 2012 after his case was made public by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish organisation active in hunting down Nazis who have yet to be brought to justice.

Tuesday's indictment by the Budapest Investigative Prosecutors' Office says Csatary was the chief of an internment camp for Jews in Kosice - a Slovak city then part of Hungary - in 1944, and that he beat them with his bare hands and a dog whip.

Prosecution spokeswoman Bettina Bagoly said Csatary's trial is expected to start within three months.

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