WASHINGTON (May. 14)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, New York Democrat, urged Brazil this weekend to extradite Franz Stangl to one of the three countries seeking him for a war crimes trial. Stangl, wartime commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor death camps in occupied Poland, has been under arrest in Sao Paulo since March 2. Austria, West Germany and Poland have asked his extradition.
The Senator, in a statement issued from his office here, said he would “respectfully urge that one of the extradition requests be granted.” The Brazilian Supreme Court had originally been scheduled to rule on the extradition question on May 2, but postponed the ruling, which is now expected to be issued on May 17.
“Documents before the Brazil court indicate Stangl’s involvement in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Jews, Poles and other Eastern European people at Treblinka and Sobibor,” the Senator said “He should therefore be extradited and tried so that justice may be done. Poland, where the death camps were located, would appear to be the most logical place for the trial to take place.”