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Friday, 11 May, 2001, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
War crimes suspect suffers stroke
Anthon Gecas
Mr Gecas has denied the allegations against him
The Edinburgh man sought by Lithuania for alleged war crimes has suffered a mild stroke.

Anton Gecas was admitted to hospital on Thursday for observation.

It happened on the same day that the Justice Minister Jim Wallace told the Scottish Parliament he could not proceed with the Lithuanian government's extradition request until further information was supplied.

A spokesman for the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust said Mr Gecas, 84, had spent the night at the Liberton Hospital in the south of the city.

Formal request

The trust spokesman said: "I can confirm that Mr Gecas was admitted yesterday, but I can't give any details of his condition."

The 176-bed hospital specialises in care of the elderly, including acute admissions and rehabilitation.

In the Scottish Parliament, Justice Minister Jim Wallace confirmed on Thursday that the Scottish Executive had received a formal request to extradite Mr Gecas.

In reply to a parliamentary question, Mr Wallace said the executive had asked for further details from the Lithuanian Government over its attempts to extradite Mr Gecas.

Police battalion

He told MSPs a request was received towards the end of March.

Earlier this year, a Lithuanian court granted a warrant for the arrest of Mr Gecas, who is accused of war crimes.

He is alleged to have killed civilians, mostly Jews, while working in a Second World War police battalion in Lithuania.

Mr Gecas denies the charges levelled against him and has said he will resist any attempt to extradite him.

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