Serbia to seek US extradition of Nazi war crimes suspect

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor of the Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] Vladimir Vukcevic said Monday that Serbia would ask the US for the extradition of alleged Nazi war criminal Peter Egner after his US citizenship is revoked. Peter Egner, 86, has admitted to serving in the Nazi-run Security Police and Security Service, a unit which is believed to have taken part in the killings of more than 17,000 people in the area surrounding then German-occupied Belgrade. Speaking to a Jewish community organization, Vukcevic announced the forthcoming extradition request [B92 report], which would allow Egner to be tried for his alleged crimes in Serbia. Vukcevic told the AP that Serbian prosecutors have been collecting evidence [AP report] against Egner for use against him at trial.

In July, Serbian prosecutors confirmed [JURIST report] that they were gathering evidence for a case against Egner. Earlier that same week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint [text, PDF; JURIST report] in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website], seeking to revoke Egner's US citizenship. Egner became a US citizen in 1966 but failed to disclose his Nazi service on his citizenship application. The DOJ argued that he was ineligible for citizenship both because of his service and because he concealed that information on his application.

 

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