BUDAPEST - Hungarian prosecutors say they have taken into custody one of the world's last living senior-level Nazi-era criminals on Wednesday and have charged him with war crimes, the Associated Press reports.
Ninety-seven year-old Laszlo Csatary was located earlier this week by reporters from British newspaper The Sun through information from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had placed Csatary on its most-wanted list of Nazi-era war criminals in April.
Csatary, who was arrested in the Hungarian capital, was the police chief in the Slovakian city of Kosice during World War II and is accused of helping deport more than 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz and other death camps during Nazi Germany's occupation of what was then Czechoslovakia.
Agence France Press reports that Csatary has been living in Budapest under his real name for the past 17 years, after fleeing Canada in 1995 when authorities discovered his identity. At the time, he said his responsibility in the deportations was "limited."
Hungarian prosecutors, who want to place Csatary under house arrest, say he is in good mental and physical health.