Wiesenthal Center Urges Serbia to Seek Extradition of Escaped Nazi War Criminals in Meeting with President Boris Tadić

Belgrade – The Simon Wiesenthal Center ‘s chief Nazi-hunter , Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, met here today with Serbian president Boris Tadić in an effort to enlist the active assistance of the Serbian government in its ongoing efforts to bring escaped Nazi war criminals to justice.

At their meeting at the presidential residence, Zuroff submitted dossiers on three escaped Nazi war criminals who committed crimes against Jews, Serbs and Gypsies on the territory of former Yugoslavia during World War II and asked the Serbian government to initiate extradition proceedings against them. The cases in question are those of former Požega [Croatia] police chief Milivoj Ašner who escaped to Austria from Croatia after he was exposed by Zuroff upon the launching of the Center’s “Operation: Last Chance” project in Zagreb on June 30, 2004; former Ustasha governor of the city of Dubrovnik, [Croatia] Ivo Rojnica who has been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina for decades and a third case whose details remain confidential.

Following the meeting, Zuroff noted with satisfaction the response of President Tadić who emphasized the importance for Serbia of bringing to justice the war criminals of World War II and praised the work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in this regard. In conclusion, Zuroff expressed his hope “that the Serbian government would indeed translate President Tadić’s support and admiration into concrete action on these cases of escaped Holocaust perpetrators.”

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