Wiesenthal Center Urges Hungarian and Australian Authorities to Expedite Investigation of Suspected Hungarian Nazi War Criminal living in Perth, Australia Discovered by “Operation: Last Chance”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called upon the Hungarian and Australian authorities to expedite the investigation of Charles Zentai, a suspected Hungarian Nazi war criminal currently living in Perth who is alleged to have murdered at least one Jew in Budapest in 1944 and whose crimes became known to the Center in the framework of its “Operation: Last Chance” launched this past July in Hungary.

In a statement issued in Jerusalem by the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, who coordinates “Operation: Last Chance,” the Wiesenthal Center urged both the Hungarian and Australian judicial authorities to give the investigation of Zentai a high priority in order to facilitate the possibility of achieving justice despite the passage of time since the crime was committed.

According to Zuroff:

“The Wiesenthal Center received extensive documentation regarding Zentai’s alleged crimes in the framework of “Operation: Last Chance,” and has already submitted those documents to the Hungarian and Australian governments. The fact that a murder took place long ago does not excuse the murderer and we strongly believe that justice can still be achieved in this case. It is therefore extremely important that both governments cooperate to expedite this investigation and thereby facilitate the prosecution of those responsible for such crimes.”

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