Path: hub.org!hub.org!hermes.visi.com!news-out.visi.com!newsfeed.enteract.com!news.maxwell.syr.edu!nntp2.deja.com!nnrp1.deja.com!not-for-mail From: email@example.com Newsgroups: soc.culture.ukrainian,alt.current-events.ukraine Subject: Costa Rica says it respecting law in Nazi case Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2000 21:06:41 GMT Organization: Deja.com - Before you buy. Lines: 49 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: 126.96.36.199 X-Article-Creation-Date: Sat Jan 08 21:06:41 2000 GMT X-Http-User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt) X-Http-Proxy: 1.1 bx6.deja.com:80 (Squid/1.1.22) for client 188.8.131.52 X-MyDeja-Info: XMYDJUIDdonnellymb Xref: hub.org soc.culture.ukrainian:64221 alt.current-events.ukraine:11758 Costa Rica says it respecting law in Nazi case 11:54 p.m. Jan 06, 2000 Eastern SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Under fire from a Jewish group abroad, Costa Rica on Thursday defended its decision not to deport an alleged Nazi war criminal, saying it had no extradition request any any foreign country. The New York-based World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Wednesday accused the Central American country of sheltering Bohdan Koziy, a 77-year-old Ukrainian accused of executing a 4-year-old Jewish girl in Ukraine during the Second World War. The WJC said Costa Rica was breaking international war crimes laws and would make formal charges against the country at the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva in the coming weeks. But Costa Rican Security Minister Rogelio Ramos said ``we don't even know where to send him because no country is requesting him.'' ``We are going to act strictly in accordance with the law,'' he said. Costa Rica said it previously rejected a 1988 extradition request by the former Soviet Union because the USSR would not rule out the death penalty for Koziy. Since then, it has not received a formal extradition request from any other country. Koziy went to the United States in 1949, won citizenship in 1956, but was stripped of it in 1982 after a trial that exposed his atrocities. Witnesses at the trial in Florida described how he murdered a Jewish family, including the girl he shot at point blank range as she pleaded for her life outside a police station in Lysiec, Ukraine, in 1943. German courts also found that he personally committed these crimes. The U.S. Justice Department won a court order for his deportation in 1984 but he fled to Costa Rica. Koziy and his wife Yaroslava live legally in Costa Rica as pensioners. Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Before you buy.
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