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