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The case of Laszlo Csatary was brought to the attention of Hungarian authorities last year by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization active in hunting down Nazis yet to be brought to justice.
In April, Mr. Csatary topped the organization’s list of most-wanted Nazi war criminals.

Prosecutors decided to charge him with the “unlawful torture of human beings,” a war crime that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Mr. Csatary’s lawyer said that a judge, acting on a request from prosecutors, ordered his client to be confined to house arrest for a maximum of 30 days.

CUBA

Defense protests closed USS Cole hearing

GUANTANAMO BAY — A pretrial hearing for an alleged al Qaeda operative accused of masterminding the attack on the USS Cole resumed Wednesday behind closed doors and without the defendant, amid protests from the defense and media outlets.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen, faces the death penalty for the bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer off Yemen in October 2000 that claimed the lives of 17 sailors and an attack two years later that killed one person on the French oil tanker MV Limburg.

“It’s really an unprecedented situation. This is the first time that I go to a hearing without my client,” defense lawyer Richard Kammen, who has worked on 35 death penalty cases, told reporters.

Following an initial day of deliberations Tuesday, lawyers and prosecutors were expected to take up the sensitive question of Mr. Nashiri’s detention in secret CIA prisons and mistreatment he allegedly suffered there from 2002 to 2006 before being transferred to the U.S.-run prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Despite the protests, Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale said sessions open to the press would only resume Thursday.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the Cole, which saw militants riding an explosives-laden skiff blow a 30-by-30-foot hole in the ship.

COLOMBIA

Police retake stronghold from Indian militants

TORIBIO — Colombian authorities say they have retaken a strategic hill in the country’s turbulent southwest from Nasa Indians who had forcibly dislodged soldiers.

The action early Wednesday by a squad of riot police came a day after Indians armed with clubs and rocks dragged six soldiers off the hilltop.

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