The Simon Wiesenthal Center today demanded that Croatian Attorney General Mladen Bajic conduct an investigation to determine whether escaped Ustasha war criminal Milivoj Ašner entered Croatia in May 2006 without being arrested.
In a letter sent today from Jerusalem by the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center sent Attorney-General Bajic evidence which appears to indicate that Ašner secretly entered Croatia in May 2006 and was not arrested, despite being wanted for his crimes as Ustasha police chief of Požega during World War II. Attached to his letter, Zuroff sent a copy of a power of attorney (Punomoc) in which Ašner designated Karlo Loncar of Požega to represent him in a suit he initiated against Holocaust researcher Alan Budaj who uncovered the evidence which made possible his exposure as a war criminal in the framework of the Center’s “Operation: Last Chance” and prompted Croatia’s request for his extradition from Austria to stand trial for his crimes. The document noted its location as Požega, was dated May 20, 2006, and signed by Ašner.
According to Zuroff:
“Ustasha war criminal Ašner and those helping him are making a mockery of the Croatian legal system and the time has come to put an end to his violations of the law and bring him to trial at the scene of his crimes. Until now, unfortunately, the only person being tried is Alen Budaj, who deserves a prize for helping to expose a major war criminal and instead is being victimized by him in the Croatian courts.”
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