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Investigation of ex-Nazi's past

The Chief Prosecutor's Office on Friday received a request by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to start investigations into the past activities of a Hungarian-born pensioner living in Melbourne, who used to hold a senior position in Hungary's Nazi party at the time of WWII, a spokesman of the Chief Prosecutor's Office told the press on Wednesday. The Chief Prosecutor's Office is currently examining the request, Zoltán Borbély said. In a fax sent to Hungary's embassy in Tel-Aviv last Wednesday, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre asked Hungary’s authorities to initiate charges against Lajos Polgár should proof emerge that he was guilty. The Wiesenthal Centre enclosed in its request copies of court protocols taken after the war, suggesting that "Polgár made decisions affecting the fate of many Hungarian Jews, and he was probably an accomplice in murders and persecution," the statement said.