Agence France-PresseMarch 18, 2014 10:22
A senior figure in Hungary's former communist regime went on trial Tuesday charged with war crimes over the brutal crackdown of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising.
Prosecutors accuse Bela Biszku, 92, of "active involvement" in decisions to order security forces to open fire on crowds in two incidents in December 1956 during which some 50 people died.
In total during the uprising, more than 2,000 civilians were killed after Soviet tanks rolled into the country. Some 300 were executed, more than 20,000 were jailed and 200,000 fled the country.