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AUSTRALIA: SUSPECTED NAZI WAR CRIMINAL KALEJS
09/29/2000
APTN
VSAP196115
TAPE_NUMBER: EF00/1091 IN_TIME: 03:50:59 - 09:08:40 LENGTH: 01:31 SOURCES: All APTN except shots 1-2= POOL; shots 4-7 = CBC; shot 8 = AuBC RESTRICTIONS: FEED: VARIOUS (THE ABOVE TIME-CODE IS TIME-OF-DAY) SCRIPT: English/Nat XFA Australian Prime Minister John Howard said his country will cooperate if Latvia requests the extradition of suspected Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs, now reportedly living in Australia. On Thursday, prosecutors in Riga, the Latvian capital, charged 86-year-old Konrads Kalejs, with genocide for his alleged participation in the attempted extermination of Jews in Latvia during World War II. The presentation of charges caps a nine-month investigation of Kalejs, who would be the first suspected Nazi to face trial in this former Soviet republic. The next step is for a court to issue an arrest warrant so prosecutors may request his extradition from Australia. Lativan officials said that could happen within a week. Prosecutors claim Kalejs was commander of a Nazi guard unit at Salaspils concentration camp near Riga, where scores of Jews and Russian prisoners of war were executed, tortured or died of malnutrition. Jewish and human rights groups claim Kalejs was an officer in the Arajs Kommando, a Nazi-sponsored death squad responsible for the murder of some 30-thousand Latvian Jews. On Friday Howard said he would link up with the Latvian authorities if need be. SOUNDBITE: (English) "I will facilitate the extradition application, in fact we worked very hard with the Latvian authorities to put in place an extradition treaty but the proper processes of the law will be followed. Like any other Australian citizen he is entitled to a presumption of innocence and he should be treated correctly according to the processes of the law." SUPER CAPTION: John Howard, Australian Prime Minister SHOTLIST: Melbourne, Australia, September 29, 2000 FILE: London January 06 2000/Toronto, Canada August 18 1997/ Adelaide, Australia January 08 2000/Sydney, Australia January 10 2000 POOL- Melbourne, Australia, September 29, 2000 1. John Howard, Australian Prime Minister 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Howard, Australian Prime Minister APTN - London January 06, 2000 3. Konrad Kalejs walking in airport CBC - Toronto, Canada August 18 1997 4. Kalejs being told to leave country 5. Immigration adjudicator giving sentence to Kalejs 6. Kalejs listening 7. Kalejs leaves court AuBC - Sydney, Australia January 10 2000 8. Photo on front page of newspaper allegedly depicting Kalejs?
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