Vienna – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called for a panel of international medical experts to assess the health of hereto unprosecuted, escaped Croatian Nazi war criminal Milivoj Ašner, presently living in Klagenfurt, Austria to which he fled following his exposure by the Center in the framework of its “Operation: Last Chance” project. In a meeting here today with Austrian Justice Minister Dr. Maria Berger, the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff noted that recent photos, videos, and interviews of Ašner by journalists from the British daily The Sun clearly disprove the results of court-appointed Austrian doctors who claimed that Ašner was suffering from dementia and was too ill to be extradited to Croatia to stand trial for his crimes as police chief of Požega. Zuroff submitted an affadavit from Sun journalist Brian Flynn who interviewed Ašner for 45 minutes and found him to be “lucid throughout the interview and that he did not forget any facts such as what he had done in the war.”
According to Zuroff:
“Austria’s handling of the Ašner case has been severely flawed from the very beginning and therefore the request that special measures be taken to assess Ašner’s health objectively are entirely justified. His tranquil life in Klagenfurt, protected by the Austrian legal system, is an insult to his many victims and their families.”
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