Artukovic May Soon Be Freed
A U.S. magistrate tentatively ruled today that accused Nazi war criminal Andrija Artukovic be released on bail from a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., and be allowed to return to Southern California. Artukovic has been accused of complicity in the execution of 770,000 Yugoslavian Serbs and Jews during World War II.
His attorneys said Artukovic, 85, is blind and suffering from a variety of serious illnesses. Magistrate John R. Kronenberg said he is inclined to grant bail for Artukovic because of “the government’s apparent arbitrary decision” to move him 2,000 miles away from his family and attorneys.