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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sometimes The Law Escapes Me

Here's a new one on me.  According to CNN a 90-year-old man living in Australia has gained a reprieve from the highest court in the land from being extradited to his native Hungary.  The man, Charles Zentai, is wanted by the Hungarian government for a "war crime" dating back to 1944 that involved the murder of a Jew.

Why did the Australian court block extradition?  

"In a 5-1 decision, the court ruled that Zentai could not be extradited because 'war crime' did not exist as a legal offence [sic] in Hungary in 1944, according to Australian media reports."

Well, of course there was no "legal offense" in Hungary in 1944 that would have applied. As part of Adolf Hitler's Axis, Hungary, like the rest of that part of the world, was, in itself, one big war crime.

According to The War Against the Jews, between 450,000 and 606,000 Hungarian Jews were systematically rounded up and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz by the Nazis between 1944 and 1945.  With the acquiescence of the Hungarian government.  Killing Jews wasn't a war crime there.  It was a way of life.

Unless I'm missing something, by the reasoning of the Australian court, Adolf Hitler himself couldn't be tried today for "war crimes" because Germany, back when, didn't have a law on the books that forbade his exterminating 7,000,000 human beings because of their religious/ethnic background.

Hello?