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Austria urged to prosecute suspected Nazi war criminal

[JURIST] The Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website] on Thursday pushed for Austria to prosecute a suspected Nazi war criminal who recently fled Zagreb, Croatia for the southern Austrian town of Klagenfurt. Milivoj Asner, 92, fled Croatia last year [Simon Wiesenthal Center press release] after he discovered he was on the center's top ten list of wanted Nazi collaborators. Center director Efraim Zuroff claims Asner played a key role in the persecution and deportation of hundred of Jews during the Holocaust. Zuroff also contends that the Austrian government has been aware of Asner's presence for months and has failed to take legal action against him. An Austrian government spokesman said Asner had citizenship in both countries and it would be up to Klagenfurt authorities to decide whether to prosecute him. Reuters has more.

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