Suspected of war crimes for his role during World War II, a Croation man has said himself ready to face justice, as his conscience is clear.
Now, Milivoj Asner is 95 years old, but during the war, he was a senior member of the country’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime.
Mr Asner lives in Austria and is described by campaigners as the fourth most-wanted living Nazi war crimes suspect.
He said that he had ordered the deportation of Jews and Serbs, but not to Croatian death camps, he told Croatian television.
“I am ready to come to Croatia. My conscience is clear, I could appear before a court tomorrow”, Mr Asner said in the interview.
“I am deeply convinced that if the court is just and if judges are honest people, they have to clear me of all charges”, he added.
In 2005, after being tracked down in Croatia, he fled to Klagenfurt, Austria. In his homeland, Milivoj Asner is wanted on suspicion of organising the persecution of Serb, Jewish and Roma people during the war.
“Nothing ever happened to whoever was a loyal citizen of the Croatian state”, said the wartime police chief.
“For others, my theory was: You are not a Croat, you hate Croatia, okay, then please go back to your homeland.”
Mr Asner appeared senile and was only temporarily lucid, said the Croatian television reporter who conducted the interview.
In his home town, Mr Asner was recently filmed mingling with European championship soccer fans, which prompted the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre to urge Austria to extradite him.
In the past, Austria refused to hand over Mr Asner to Croatian authorities, arguing that his mental health is too fragile to allow him to stand trial.
Austria, which was annexed by Hitler in 1938, and supplied his Third Reich with many top officials, has been accused by Jewish groups of a lack of political will to track down Nazi criminals.