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Belgian Government Approaches Austria to Extradite Criminal Sentenced to Death

Belgian authorities have approached the Austrian Government to extradite Julianus Van Doren, a Belgian war criminal who was sentenced to death in absentia in 1947 and has been hiding in Austria ever since. Mr. Van Doren was arrested by Austrian police Sept. 30 at the resort of Bad Hofgastein, near Salzburg, where he had been living under a false identity. His arrest was attributed to investigative work by the Union International de la Resistance of Belgium in collaboration with Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Jewish archivist and author who has devoted his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals. Mr. Van Doren was described as a collaborator of the Belgian war criminal Jan Verbelen whose orders he is said to have executed. Mr. Verbelen. also sentenced to death in Belgium after World War II, became an Austrian citizen. He was arrested on war crimes charges in 1962 but was acquitted by a Vienna court in 1965.