September 16, 2009

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Hungarian state officials questioned and confiscated the passport of an alleged Nazi collaborator.

Tuesday’s questioning of Sandor Kepiro by the Hungarian State Prosecutor Service may mark the start of the first major war crimes trial in Hungary since the collapse of Soviet administration 20 years ago.

Kepiro, 95, who has lived openly in Hungary for the past three years, is accused by the Simon Wiesenthal Center of involvement in the murder of some 1,200 Jews, Serbs and Gypsies by the wartime Hungarian Gendarmerie at Novi Sad in 1942.