War crimes suspect, 97, is fit for trial

The war crimes trial of a 97-year-old Hungarian former gendarme resumed yesterday after doctors determined he was healthy enough to take part.

Sandor Kepiro is on trial for his alleged involvement in the deaths of about 35 people in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad during an anti-partisan raid by Hungarian forces in January 1942 in which thousands were killed.

Judge Bela Varga said medical exams he had ordered concluded Kepiro was physically and mentally fit. Doctors said the defendant could understand what was going on.