Sandor Kepiro 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hungarian war crimes suspect Sandor Kepiro died in Hungary at age 97 on
In July, he was charged with complicity in the Novi Sad
massacre of January 1942 in northern Serbia, in which as many as 1,250 Jews,
Serbs and Roma were murdered, and with direct responsibility for the deaths of
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He was found not guilty by the Buda District Court in
Budapest. The judge rejected evidence from a 1943 Hungarian trial of Kepiro and
other gendarmerie officers, in which they were convicted of insubordination for
carrying out the operation, supposedly without approval of their superiors. The
conviction was quashed by the fascist government that took control of Hungary in
“This is an outrageous verdict and an insult to the victims
of the Novi Sad massacre,” said Ephraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s
chief Nazi-hunter who exposed Kepiro’s presence in Budapest in 2006. “It is
totally incomprehensible given the evidence against Kepiro, our knowledge of the
incident, and of his role in the events of the massacre,” Zuroff told The
Kepiro was an officer in the Hungarian
gendarmerie during the war and admits to having been involved in the military
operation in the Novi Sad region. But he denies he knew about the killings,
saying he thought the mission was targeted at partisans fighting the Axis powers
that included Hungary.