Zentai Picked Up In Perth After 60 Years

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The Australian Federal Police arrested accused Nazi war criminal Charles Zentai, 83, and charged him with the murder 60-year-old murder of a Jewish teenager in 1944. Zentai was escorted from his Willeton in suburban Perth by authorities close to 4 p.m. on Friday.

Zentai emigrated from Hungary back in 1950 and could be the first person ever extradited on charges of war crimes since federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison signed the papers yesterday.

Zentai stood in front of magistrate Paul Heaney in special late sitting of the Perth Magistrate Court. The court granted bail in the form of a $50,000 bond and $50,000 surety, surrendering of his passport and report to police three times weekly.

Zentai’s attourney, Michael Bowden aid this extradition fight could be quite protracted and maintains the innocence of his client.

The next step will be a lengthy extradition hearing the could take months to determine whether or not the aging Mr. Zentai should be shipped off to Hungary to be tried for the abduction, beating, and murder of Peter Balazs in November of 1944. According to reports, Zentai evaded arrest by moving around in Germany when they had the nation blocked off after the end of WWII.

The final say on Zentai’s future in Australia will be left at the hands of Senator Ellison. When the hearings are completed, he must sign off on the extradition orders.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

Zentai Picked Up In Perth After 60 Years
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