Hungary court finds 92-year old communist guilty of war crimes

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Posted: May 13, 2014 10:18 AM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Budapest court on Tuesday found a former senior official in the Hungarian Communist Party guilty of war crimes during the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.

It was the first trial ever launched against a former top communist in the central European country.

More than two decades after the fall of communism, 92-year-old Bela Biszku was charged over his role on a committee of the Communist Party prosecutors said was involved in ordering the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and in the town of Salgotarjan in December 1956.

On Tuesday, a Budapest court ruled that Biszku was guilty, and sentenced him to 5 years and 6 months imprisonment.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)