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Former senior communist leader faces war crimes retrial in Hungary

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.

See more from Bloomberg here and Reuters here.


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