REFUSES TO HAND OVER WAR CRIMINAL TO
refused to extradite to Poland a Jewish
man accused of atrocities against
German prisoners after World War II,
the Justice Ministry said Monday.
Morel, who commanded a camp for
German prisoners in southern Poland,
allegedly tortured inmates and was
considered responsible for at least
1,538 deaths, according to the
Morel's extradition in April on charges
of beating and torturing prisoners and
creating inhuman conditions at the
Swietochlowice camp, which he commanded
from February to November 1945.
Israel refused the
request last month, saying the statute
of limitations had run out on the case.
A spokeswoman for the Polish Justice
Makosa-Stepkowska, said the charges
against Morel failed to meet the
definition of genocide under Israeli
law. She said Israel's decision ends
the case in Poland, which lacks the
power to appeal.
Morel could only be
arrested if he left Israel,
Makosa-Stepkowska said. The
investigation into Morel, begun in
1992, was the only one in Poland
against a Jew accused of retaliating
against the Germans after their defeat.
Polish investigators said "extremely
bad conditions" at the camp, including
hunger, overcrowding and epidemic
diseases, led to an unspecified number
Morel, who lost his
parents and two brothers during the
war, moved to Israel in 1994.