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Monday, October 03, 2005

Australia Uber Alles

Certain American websites constantly mention Australia in favourable terms (probably because of their support of the Iraq War) and talk about it as some sort of political ally. I wonder wether they'll ever mention the lack of action by the Australian government in tracking down and prosecuting at least several hundred Nazi war criminals.

AUSTRALIA has been slammed for failing to track down and prosecute "at least several hundred" Nazi war criminals believed to have found refuge here.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which is dedicated to finding suspected World War II criminals and helping prosecute them, says Australia has failed to do enough and needs to take "additional steps, urgently".

"Australia remains the only major Western country of refuge which admitted at least several hundred Nazi war criminals and collaborators, which has hereto failed to take successful legal action against a single one," the centre's director, Efraim Zuroff, says in his annual report analysing the efforts of governments worldwide.

"Numerous attempts have been made ... to convince the Australian authorities to adopt civil remedies -- denaturalisation and/or deportation -- to deal with Holocaust perpetrators in the country, but the Government has refused to do so."

Australia's position is in contrast to the US, which Dr Zuroff praises for launching dozens of investigations and managing to secure three prosecutions in the past 12 months.

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