Serbia has requested the extradition of an American citizen accused of committing genocide and other crimes as a Nazi officer during World War II, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website.
Serbia's justice minister on November 26, 2010 formally requested the extradition of Peter Egner, 86, who lives in a retirement community outside of Seattle, Washington.
Egner, a native of Yugoslavia, is accused of joining in April 1941 the Nazi-controlled Security Police and Security Service in German-occupied Belgrade, a Nazi mobile killing unit that participated in the mass murder of more than 17,000 Serbian civilians during World War II.
Egner came to the United States in 1960 and became a citizen in 1966. The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit in 2008 attempting to stop Egner of his citizenship, saying he lied about his Nazi past on his citizenship application.
Serbia's war crimes prosecutor has said that he wants to try Egner in Serbia.