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2 Charges Dropped in Nazi Case

February 16, 1993
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Ivan Polyukhovich, the first Australian charged under 1988 Nazi war crimes legislation, will face only two of the remaining four charges against him, his defense lawyer has announced.

Polyukhovich, 76, had been slated to face two trials in the South Australian Supreme Court, with the first starting March 1.

The director of Public Prosecutions has now dropped the charges that would have been heard in the second trial, alleging Polyukhovich murdered two Jewish men and a Jewish woman in Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

He will still face charges relating to one individual murder and knowing involvement in the murder of 850 other Jewish villagers.

The presiding magistrate, Justice Cox, responded to the dropping of the charges by lifting a suppression order preventing media coverage of the Polyukhovich case in South Australia.

This means that when the first trial takes place, South Australia will be able to receive the same reports as all other parts of the country.

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