Hungarian Nazi war crimes suspect Sandor Kepiro buried

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's Sandor Kepiro, who was the world's most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect until his death three weeks ago, has been buried, the Hungarian news agency MTI said Sunday.

He was buried on Saturday in his native town of Sarkad, 240 kilometres (150 miles) east of the capital Budapest.

His funeral was attended by around 500 people, including several MPs from the far-right Jobbik party, MTI said.

Kepiro died at the age of 97 on September 3, only six weeks after a Budapest court cleared him of war crimes charges.

The former Hungarian gendarmerie captain had been suspected of ordering the execution of over 30 Jews and Serbs in the Serbian town of Novi Sad in January 1942.

Until his acquittal, Kepiro had topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted Nazi war criminals.

Kepiro had faced a possible life sentence for his alleged participation in a raid by Hungarian forces - then allied to Nazi Germany - in Novi Sad on January 21-23, 1942, in which more than 1,200 Jews and Serbs were murdered.

Visibly weak at his trial, Kepiro, who always insisted on his innocence, had been in hospital since July.