A Hungarian man accused of murdering 1,000 people in Serbia during World War II will not stand trial.
A Budapest court ruled Thursday that a case could not be reopened against Sandor Kepiro, who is charged with taking part in the killing of Serbs, Gypsies (or Roma) and Jews in Serbia as a Hungarian policeman in Novi Sad.
A Hungarian court convicted Kepiro for his part in the killings in 1994, but the verdict was overturned later that year. A call for prosecution was made earlier this year by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had discovered that Kepiro was living in Budapest.
“This was a fair ruling because I committed no crime,” Kepiro told a news conference. “In the area under my supervision we did not once resort to the use of weapons. I have a clean conscience and I live my life accordingly.”
The Wiesenthal Center has urged the state prosecutor to appeal the verdict.
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