As suspects grow older, investigators still face obstacles in trying alleged Nazis

Some outstanding cases involving alleged Nazis

More than six decades since the end of World War II, bringing alleged Nazi war criminals to trial has become increasingly difficult as the suspects have grown increasingly old and frail.

John Demjanjuk, who was deported from the United States and put in a German prison Tuesday, is one of several alleged Nazis being pursued.

Here is a glance at other alleged Nazi cases.

In March, an Australian judge upheld a ruling that could pave the way for the extradition of Charles Zentai, an 87-year-old Hungarian emigre accused of killing a Jewish teenager during World War II. Hungary has accused Zentai of torturing and killing Peter Balazs, 18, in a Budapest army barracks on Nov. 8, 1944, for failing to wear a Jewish star. Zentai says he is innocent and was not in Budapest when the slaying occurred.

A German court ruled in January that Heinrich Boere, then 87, was too ill to stand trial for the wartime killings of three Dutch civilians in the Netherlands. Boere was sentenced to death in absentia by a Dutch court in 1949, which was later commuted to life in prison. However he successfully blocked, through German courts, attempts to extradite him or enforce the verdict in Germany. Authorities are currently seeking a second medical opinion in an appeal of the ruling.

Algimantas Dailide was convicted in 2006 in Lithuania of helping round up Jews for the Nazis while he was an officer in the Vilnius security police. He was sentenced to five years in jail, but a judge ruled he was too frail to serve his sentence.

Milivoj Asner, the police chief in Croatia’s wartime Nazi puppet regime, is suspected of an active role in persecuting and deporting to death hundreds of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. Croatia requested his extradition from Austria in 2005, but Austria refused, saying he was unfit to stand trial or even face questioning.

Sandor Kepiro, a former Hungarian gendarmerie officer accused of being involved in wartime killings of more than 1,000 civilians in Serbia, was convicted twice — in 1944 and 1946 — in Hungary but never punished. He moved back to Hungary in 1996 after decades in Argentina and has denied the accusations.


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