Greece will make changes to its laws to facilitate the hunt for Nazi war criminals, Greek daily Kathimerini said on April 13 2010.

The Greek Jewish community is fighting to have former camp commander Alois Brunner extradited from Syria and brought to justice. Reportedly, Brunner has been residing in Syria since the 1990’s, Kathimerini said.

He is said to be guilty for sending about 50 000 people from the Jewish community in Thessaloniki to death camps. However, the report said that there was no current evidence that Brunner was still alive.

Regardless, Greece sought to amend the current law, which was signed in 1959, whereby the country “relinquished its right” to prosecute Nazis. The proposed amendments “will be attached to another bill being submitted to Greek parliament this week”.

“This is more of a moral victory, since most of the people in question have died,” said David Saltiel, the chairman of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, quoted by Kathimerini.