Sandor Kepiro on Trial in Hungary for Nazi War Crimes
Sandor Kepiro Tried in Budapest for Novi Sad Massacre
Now 97 years old, Sandor Kepiro had been convicted for taking part in the murder of 4,211 civilians in 1944, but Hungary's fascist government quashed the conviction. Kepiro, who fled to Austria after he was freed, was tried in absentia by Hungary's Communist government in 1946, and convicted again.
The Simon Weisenthal Center tracked Sandor Kepiro from Argentina back to Budapest, where he was living in secret. The former police captain was living across the street from a Synagogue.
Sandor Kepiro's current trial revolves around his direct responsibility for the deaths of 36 Jews and ethnic Serbs, though Kepiro only admits to arresting them, and not to ordering their deaths.
Mr Kepiro had sued the director of the Center, Efraim Zuroff, for defamation. But that case was dismissed on Tuesday. The Budapest tribunal said Mr Zuroff had the right to call him a war criminal because of the 1944 verdict.