Serbia to request Nazi's extradition from U.S.

BELGRADE -- War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević has said that he would send a request to the United States to extradite suspectedNazi war criminal Peter Egner, 87.

Vukčević was meeting with the Jewish community representatives on Monday in Belgrade when he made the announcement.

Egner is suspected of having committed genocide and war crime against civilians, mainly Belgrade's Jews, during the Second World War in occupied Serbia.

Vukčević told Belgrade Jewish Community President Jovan Elezar and Supervisory Committee President Avram Izrael that as soon as Egner has his American citizenship revoked, Serbian authorities would hand in a request to their U.S. counterparts for Egner's extradition to Serbia.

The Jewish community officials learned that the War Crimes Prosecution submitted a request for an investigation against Egner in late August 2008 based on the allegations that he committed genocide and war crimes.

Egner is suspected that he, as a Nazi German Gestapo member, intended to exterminate the Jews of Belgrade.

He is suspected of having participated in taking a great number of civilians to a location where they were executed by shooting in late 1941, as well as that as a guard, he enabled for groups of Jews to be taken to the Staro Sajmište (Old Fairgrounds) camp from late 1941 until mid-1942.