Israel refuses anew to extradite Polish Jew
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israel has refused for a second time to extradite to Poland a Jewish man accused of crimes against German prisoners just after the end of World War II, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Polish prosecutors received the refusal in a letter from the Israeli Justice Ministry saying "there was no basis whatsoever to extradite" Solomon Morel, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor, prosecutor Ewa Koj told The Associated Press.
Polish prosecutors charge that Morel is responsible for the deaths of at least 1,500 prisoners in the Swietochlowice camp.
Koj, a prosecutor with the government-run National Remembrance Institute in Katowice, said the Israeli ministry argued that the statute of limitations against Morel had run out. The institute investigates communist- and Nazi-era crimes.
Koj criticized Israel's decision, saying: "How can a statute of limitations run out on crimes against humanity?"
"There should be one measure for judging war criminals, irrespective whether they are German, Israeli, or any other nationality," she said.
Israel, which has no extradition treaty with Poland, in 1998 refused an extradition request based on charges of torture; the current request broadened the charges to genocide, for which there is no statute of limitations in Polish law.
Morel left Poland for Israel in 1994, after accusations against him surfaced.