Nazi collaborator verdict annulment goes to top court

The Jewish Community in Slovenia, together with an Association of WWII Veterans and six victims of the WWII Home Guard militia have petitioned the Constitutional Court to review the recent decision of the Supreme Court to annul the 1946 treason verdict of Leon Rupnik, a Nazi collaborationist general.

They argue the Supreme Court’s decision to order a retrial was a grave interference in their dignity, right to safety and a violation of international standards and treaties Slovenia must comply with.

The Supreme Court ruled in January 2020 that Rupnik’s trial by the judiciary under Yugoslavia’s communist rulers had been “unjust”.

Rupnik’s police under the leadership of Lovro Hacin, likewise sentenced and executed in 1946 as a war criminal, organized the arrests and deportations of the remaining Slovenian Jews in Ljubljana and its vicinity in the years 1943 and 1944.

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