Nazi Suspect Charles Zentai Wins Australia Extradition Case

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A suspected Nazi war criminal has won his legal fight against the Australian government's attempts to extradite him to face trial in Hungary.

Charles Zentai has won his fight to stay in Australia, after the High Court blocked his extradition to Hungary

A suspected Nazi war criminal has won his legal fight against the Australian government's attempts to extradite him to face trial in Hungary.

Charles Zentai, 90, was alleged to have tortured and murdered a Jewish teenager in Budapest in 1944.

But the Australian High Court backed an earlier ruling that he could not be extradited because there was no offence of "war crime" in Hungary in 1944.

Mr Zentai has been fighting extradition since 2009.

He has also denied the allegations that he committed the crime. He is accused of carrying out the crime with two other Nazi-backed Hungarian soldiers.

Hungarian authorities requested to question Mr Zentai in 2005.

In November 2009, an Australian court ruled that he could be extradited, but a federal court overturned the ruling.

The government appealed against the federal court's decision, but High Court rejected their case.

Mr Zentai is an Australian citizen. His family members say he will agree to answer questions from Hungarian authorities, but will not leave Australia.