August 13, 2009
Wiesenthal Center Urges German Authorities to Prevent Flight of Convicted Nazi War Criminal Josef Scheungraber
Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged the German judicial authorities to take all necessary measures to prevent the escape of Nazi war criminal Josef Scheungraber who was convicted recently in Munich for his role in the murder of civilians in Falzano di Cortona, Italy in June 1944. In a statement issued in Jerusalem by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center pointed to Scheungraber’s derisive comments in the wake of his verdict which he called “a swindle” and noted that other Nazi criminals even older than Scheungraber, like Croatian Milivoi Ašner, had successfully escaped justice by fleeing their county of origin.
According to Zuroff:
“Given Scheungraber’s contempt of the court and its verdict, one cannot rule out an escape attempt to a country which will be less inclined to see that he is held accountable for his crimes. We therefore urge the German authorities to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that he will not escape punishment.”
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