Australian Government to Appeal Ruling Preventing Extradition of Zentai

Jan 11, 2011 No Comments by

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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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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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