The Australian government is appealing a court ruling that spared an alleged Nazi war criminal from being extradited to Hungary. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor approved the extradition of Charles Zentai in 2009, but a Federal Court judge overturned the decision last year.
The government on Tuesday appealed the ruling which said Zentai, 89, of Perth, was not eligible for extradition.
Zentai, a former soldier in the Hungarian army, is wanted for questioning in the murder of an 18-year-old Jewish man in Nazi-occupied Budapest in 1944. He has vehemently denied the claims since they surfaced in 2005 following a campaign mounted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Zentai says he left Budapest on Nov. 7, 1944 — the day before Peter Balazs was murdered. The government’s appeal is expected to be heard by the full bench of the Federal Court.
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