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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Poland May Ask Syria to Extradite Nazi War Criminal Lines: 59 X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2919.5600 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.00.2919.5600 Message-ID: Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:40:51 -0600 NNTP-Posting-Host: 22.214.171.124 X-Trace: news.uswest.net 948213645 126.96.36.199 (Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:40:45 CST) NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:40:45 CST Xref: hub.org alt.revisionism:706229 WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland may ask Syria to extradite Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, who is held responsible for ordering the deportation of up to 150,000 European Jews to death camps during World War Two. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has demanded that Brunner's extradition be made a condition of any peace deal between Israel and Syria, despite Syrian denials that the former top-ranking German officer is living in Damascus. A Polish Justice Ministry expert said Tuesday he had been told to assess whether there was a case for Brunner's extradition on charges of causing genocide at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp that German invaders ran in occupied Poland. ``Poland has a legal basis to ask for the extradition of Brunner, because even though he was never in Poland, his crimes were committed here,'' Professor Witold Kulesza told Reuters. Brunner, dubbed the right hand-man of senior SS officer Adolf Eichman, who was executed in Israel in 1962, is believed to be the highest-ranking Nazi official still unprosecuted. Kulesza said the Wiesenthal Center was looking at the possibility of extraditing Brunner to a country other than Israel. Damascus might be more willing to agree to this. ``The Wiesenthal Center is investigating the chances of finding a legal basis to try Brunner outside Israel, if Syria agrees to let this criminal go,'' Kulesza said. Brunner, now 87, was sentenced to death in absentia by French courts in 1953 and 1954 for heading a transit camp in the French town of Drancy, from where he deported about 60,000 Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau's gas chambers. He also deported Jews from Slovakia and Greece. Brunner is due to face trial again soon in France for crimes against humanity, although no date has been set. Kulesza said he would present his findings Wednesday to Justice Minister Hanna Suchocka, who will ultimately decide whether to ask for the extradition after an investigation which could prove lengthy. Nazi German invaders murdered up to 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, after shipping them to the southern Polish town from all over Europe.
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