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Court told Artukovic signed Race Laws

May 6, 1986

ZAGREB, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Prosecutors in the war crimes trial of Andrija Artukovic presented documents Monday implicating the 86-year-old defendant in promulgating race laws and murder.

Artukovic, former interior minister of the Nazi puppet state of Croatia, was extradited Feb. 12 from the United States, where he had lived since fleeing Yugoslavia after World War II. He is accused of war crimes and faces death by firing squad if convicted.

A verdict is expected by the end of this week.

The prosecution presented official gazettes of the Croatian state showing Artukovic established and administered Croatia’s concentration camps.

In the main concentration camp of Jasenovac, at least 700,000 Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and political prisoners were slaughtered, according to official documents.

The prosecution, on the 13th day of the trial in Zagreb District Court, also presented as evidence a number of original laws signed by Artukovic forbidding the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs, banning marriages between Croats and ″non-Aryans″ and providing for the execution of 10 hostages for every Ustasha killed by the communist-led resistance.

The Ustashas were fascists who ran the state of Croatia with the support of Nazi Germany.

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