Wiesenthal Center Urges Australian Authorities to Expedite Extradition Proceedings Against Holocaust Perpetrator

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged the Australian judicial authorities to expedite the extradition appeal process in the case of accused Holocaust perpetrator Charles Zentai, in the wake of today’s decision by a court in Perth to resume his case only on August 7, “lest the lengthy and numerous delays granted the accused ultimately facilitate his eluding justice.”

In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted that Zentai had already succeeded in postponing his appeal against the Hungarian request for his extradition to stand trial for murder in Budapest for more than two years, and that every delay only brought him closer to escaping prosecution.

According to Zuroff:

“The fact that Zentai has been able to delay his appeal for such a long time is an absolute travesty of justice. If Peter Balasz whom Zentai is accused of murdering on November 8, 1944 had been the beneficiary of similar delays, he would have survived the Holocaust [since Budapest was liberated from the Nazis in mid-February 1945], but that is a luxury that Zentai and his accomplices never afforded him. To date, the Australian justice system has proven to be overly kind to an individual whose alleged crimes clearly do not qualify him for any such consideration.”

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