A former senior official with the Hungarian Communist Party who was earlier convicted of war crimes will face a retrial, ruled a Budapest appeals court.
Bela Biszku, a 93 year old former Interior Minister, was earlier sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment, after being convicted of war crimes over the shooting of protesters during Hungary’s 1956 uprising against the Soviet regime. The prosecution had initially called for a life sentence, whilst Mr Biszku denied all charges.
However, the latest ruling by a Budapest higher court now means the verdict is void and Mr Biszku will now face a new trial.
After retiring from politics in 1989 Mr Miszku maintained that he has no regrets over the 1959 uprising and its aftermath.