21 Mar 2009

Deported ex-Nazi guard now free man in Austria

6:00 am on 21 March 2009

Austrian authorities say a former Nazi concentration camp guard who has been deported from the United States is now a free man because he cannot be prosecuted in Austria.

Josias Kumpf, 83, has admitted participating in a massacre of 8000 Jews in the Trawniki labour camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.

He arrived in Austria on Thursday after the United States deported him following the revocation of his citizenship.

The ministry of justice says it has warned US authorities in the past that Austria is unable to prosecute Kumpf, because a statute of limitations relating to his crimes has expired.

Also, he is not an Austrian citizen and the massacre was not committed in Austria.

Kumpf was deported to Austria because it was the country that he came from, when he entered the United States in 1956. His US citizenship has been revoked.