97-year-old cleared of war crimes by Hungary court

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A 97-year-old man has been cleared of war crimes charges stemming from a raid by Hungarian forces in Serbia during World War II.

According to prosecutors, unidentified members of a patrol under Sandor Kepiro's command killed four people during a raid in Novi Sad, Serbia, on Jan. 23, 1942. Kepiro, at the time a former
gendarmerie captain, was also suspected of being involved in the deaths of around 30 others who were executed on the banks of the Danube River.

Many of the dozens of people attending the court session cheered and clapped after Judge Bela Varga read out the verdict of the three-judge tribunal.

Kepiro, who returned to Hungary in 1996 after decades in Argentina, was first accused in 2006 by Nazi hunters with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.


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