Belgrade, 10 October 2008 R e p u b l i c o f S e r b i a
OFFICE OF THE WAR CRIMES PROSECUTOR
 
 

PRESS RELEASE
Prosecutor Requests Investigation against Milivoj Ašner

 
 


Further to a request lodged by the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor, an investigative judge of the Belgrade District Court’s War Crimes Chamber is on the point of launching investigation against Milivoj Ašner (95), an Austrian citizen suspected of involvement in the crimes committed in Požega (Croatia) between May 1941 and the latter part of September 1942. According to the Prosecutor’s charges, Ašner, at the time head of the Požega police station, is criminally responsible for offences recognized as genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Prosecutor claims that there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that Ašner, intent on the total destruction of the Serb and Jewish ethnic and religious communities, acting alone or in concert with other government structures, ordered the killing, extermination, persecution, expulsion, torturing and forceful displacement of Serbs and Jews. Ašner also personally engaged in the execution of similar orders that he received from his superiors – officials of the then Independent Republic of Croatia (NDH).

In August 1941, as many as 438 civilians, who had been arrested in the area of Derventa and Bosanski Brod, were severely beaten and then transferred to the concentration camp in Slavonska Požega, where they were killed because of their alleged participation in a revolt against the state authorities. Additionally, Ašner is suspected of deportation of Požega Jews to the so-called “death camps“ in Croatia – Gospic, Jasenovac and Đakovo.

Like in the cases against Egner and Kepiro, the War Crimes Prosecutor has opened pretrial proceedings in the Ašner case upon the initiative taken by Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Jerusalem Simon Wiesenthal Center. Since pretrial proceedings related to Ašner’s role in the said acts and his responsibility for war crimes against civilian population are currently under way before the District Court in Požega (Croatia), copies of all documentary materials have been obtained from the Požega District Prosecutor.

The Serbian Prosecutor has urged the Court to open investigation against Ašner without hearing the suspect, and to rule his detention. In the meantime, the Prosecutor suggests that the Serbian Ministry of Justice should seek Ašner’s extradition from Austria.
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28.09.2005 Der Standard
 
 

Letzte Suche im " lausigen Land "

 
 


Die österreichische Justiz hatte nie den besten Ruf, wenn es um die Verfolgung von NS-Kriegsverbrechern geht - Jetzt bemüht man sich um Druck. Justizministerin Karin Gastinger (BZÖ) kann sich eine Ergreiferprämie für den KZ-Arzt Aribert Heim vorstellen. more...
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23.09.2005 The Jerusalem Post
 
 

Austria asks to extradite Croatian

 
 
More than a year after the Simon Wiesenthal Center brought to light the case of Milivoj Asner, his native Croatia has asked Austria to extradite the former police chief who sent hundreds of Jews, Serbs and Gypsies to their deaths in concentration camps and persecuted thousands more under racist laws of Croatia's pro-Nazi puppet regime. more...
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2.06.2005 der Standard
 
  Wiesenthal Center drängt Österreich:
" Nazi-Kriegsverbrecher Asner verurteilen"
 
 


Zuroff: Regierung soll gerichtliche Schritte gegen mutmaßlichen Ustascha-Kriegsverbrecher, der sich in Klagenfurt aufhalten soll, einleiten more... ________________________________________________________________________

 
 
5.05.2005 SLOBODNA DALMACIJA
 
  Požega: Sud donio rješenje o istrazi nad Ašnerom  
 

POŽEGA - Županijski sud u Požegi donio je rješenje o provedbi istrage nad Milivojem Ašnerom (92), predstojnikom redarstva u Požegi 1941. i 1942., koji je osumnjicen da je pocinio ratni zlocin nad civilnim stanovništvom tijekom tih godina.

Zahtjev za istragom Županijskog državnog odvjetništva je osnovan jer postoji opravdana sumnja da je Ašner pocinio kažnjiva djela za koja se tereti, a na rješenje o provedbi istrage rok za žalbu je tri dana, o kojoj nakon toga odlucuje Izvanraspravno vijece Županijskog suda, izjavio je u srijedu istražni sudac toga suda Berislav Devcic.

Istražni zahtjev i prijedlog za pritvor osumnjicenika, kako se doznaje, prije nešto više od mjesec dana zaprimljen je od Županijskog državnog odvjetništva, koje je istražnom sucu dostavilo stotinjak stranica arhivske grade o djelovanju tadašnje policije kojoj je predstojnik bio Ašner.

Kaznenu prijavu protiv Ašnera, cije je prebivalište nepoznato, još je sredinom prošle godine podnio Efraim Zuroff, izvršni direktor Centra Simona Wiesenthala, na temelju istraživanja mladog Požežanina Alana Budaja o stradanju Židova na požeškom podrucju 1941. i 1942. ________________________________________________________________________

 
 
4.05.2005 Agence France-Presse
 
  Croatian court orders probe against alleged Nazi  
 

ZAGREB, May 4 (AFP) - A Croatian court on Wednesday ordered a probe of war crimes allegations against a Croatian suspected of having committed atrocities during World War II.

Milivoj Asner, 92, is suspected of committing war crimes against civilians in 1941 and 1942 in the eastern town of Pozega, investigative judge at the Pozega county court Berislav Devcic told national radio. Asner was the police chief in Pozega during the war, when Croatia was ruled by the Nazi-allied Ustasha regime. His alleged crimes have been reported by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center. Devcic said the probe could open within some 20 days, depending on the outcome of any appeals filed by Asner. The Ustasha persecuted Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and Croatians who opposed their ideology. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed in Ustasha death camps during the war, according to independent estimates.

After the war Asner moved to Austria but he returned to Croatia in 1991, when the country proclaimed its independence from the then Yugoslavia. He was living in the eastern town of Daruvar but he left in July last year after the Wiesenthal Center raised his case with the Croatian authorities, accusing him of crimes against Jews and Serbs.

Media reports late last year said he was hiding in neighbouring Austria. ________________________________________________________________________

 
 
7.04.2005 IKG
 
  Kroatien: Gericht entscheidet über Prozess gegen Milovoj Asner  
 

In Klagenfurt lebender 91-Jähriger soll in 40-er Jahren Kriegsverbrechen begangen haben - Amateurhistoriker sammelte gegen mutmaßlichen Ustascha-Polizisten Beweise more... ________________________________________________________________________

 
 
7.04.2005 NOVI LIST
 
  Budaj: Austrija ce izruciti Ašnera  
 

ZAGREB – Austrija ce izruciti Milivoja Ašnera podnese li Hrvatska pravovaljani zahtjev, izjavio je jucer za naš list Alen Budaj, službeni istraživac Centra Simon Wiesenthal, cije je istraživanje poslužilo kao temelj zahtjevu za pravosudnim progonom Ašnera zbog sumnje da je odgovoran za ustaške ratne zlocine u Požegi za režima NDH. Centar Simon Wiesenthal podnio je pocetkom prošlogodišnjega srpnja javnu kaznenu prijavu protiv Ašnera sumnjiceci ga za spomenute zlocine. Na temelju te prijave, državno odvjetništvo i policija proveli su kriminalisticku obradu, pa su od Županijskoga suda u Požegi ovih dana zatražili istragu protiv Ašnera, o cemu bi sud trebao odluciti do kraja travnja. Prije bijega Ašner je živio u Daruvaru, a lokalna ga je javnost poznavala po vatrenim govorima u kojima je na lokalnom radiju obicavao rehabilitirati ustaštvo (B. Pa). more... ________________________________________________________________________

 
 
6.04.2005 Jutarnji List
 
   
 

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6.04.2005 SLOBODNA DALMACIJA
 
  Aschner je ratni zlocinac  
 

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IZRUCENJE PA PRITVOR Prihvati li sud u Požegi zahtjev Državnog odvjetništva, Hrvatska ce od Austrije zatražiti izrucenje bivšeg ustaškog dužnosnika koji se smatra odgovornim za teror nad civilnim stanovništvom. more... ________________________________________________________________________