‘Most wanted Nazi’ insists he is innocent at Budapest trial
One of the last Nazi war crimes trials opened in Budapest on Thursday. The 97-year-old Hungarian, Sandor Kepiro, professed his innocence despite topping the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted list for Nazi criminals.
The trial of one of the world’s most-wanted World War II war crimes suspects opened in Budapest on Thursday. Sandor Kepiro, a former Hungarian military officer who is accused of complicity in the murder of more than 1,200 Serbian and Jewish civilians in a massacre in Serbia in 1942, proclaimed his innocence.
“I have never been a murderer,” he said before the trial.
“I was there in the raid, but all we did was ask for papers. The murders happened in a completely separate location, by the Danube. I wasn’t anywhere near them.”
In court on Thursday, the 97-year-old also called the trial a “circus” based on “lies.”
Kepiro is one of the last surviving suspects listed by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center’s Jerusalem director, Efraim Zuroff, tracked Kepiro down in Budapest. He had been living there in obscurity since 1996 after decades spent in Argentina