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Saturday, 19 February, 2000, 02:37 GMT
Costa Rica considers war criminal's status



The Costa Rican government says it's reviewing the residency status of a Ukrainian Nazi war criminal convicted of murdering a Jewish family during the Second World War.

Jewish groups have accused Costa Rica of sheltering the man, Bohdan Koziy, a former member of the Ukrainian police.

Mr Koziy fled to Costa Rica fifteen years ago from the United States after he was convicted of war time atrocities, and despite several requests by Jewish groups, no action has been taken against him.

The foreign minister, Roberto Rojas, said that among the possibilities Costa Rica was considering was the extradition of Mr Koziy to a third country.

But he said he wanted to make sure Mr Koziy's legal rights were protected.

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