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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 6038

Zentai, Mr Charles

(Question No. 282)

Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Justice, in writing, on 21 March 2011:

(1) Has he ever suggested to the Hungarian authorities that they conduct their questioning of Mr Charles Zentai in Australia; if so, what was their response; if not, why not, particularly given (a) the age and health of Mr Zentai, (b) fact that the Hungarian authorities have said they only want Mr Zentai for questioning; and (c) Mr Zentai has stated that he is prepared to co-operate with investigators and answer questions under oath.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Republic of Hungary made a formal request under the Treaty on Extradition between Australia and the Republic of Hungary for the extradition of Mr Zentai to face prosecution for a war crime. Australia has an obligation to consider that request in accordance with the Treaty and the Extradition Act 1988.