Croatian actor wins UK libel payout after being mistakenly identified as Nazi war criminal

LONDON – A Croatian actor has won a British libel suit after a U.K. newspaper wrongly identified him as a Nazi war criminal.

Ljubomir Jurkovic sued The Independent after his photograph was used to illustrate a story about the death of Samuel Kunz, who served as a guard at the Belzec death camp in eastern Poland.

The picture was actually from the 2007 film “The Living and the Dead,” in which Jurkovic played the role of an officer in the Croatian fascist movement.

Jurkovic’s lawyer Christina Michalos said Friday that she wanted to make clear that her client never committed war crimes and “does not subscribe to any form of Nazi ideology.”

The Independent’s publisher, which is paying undisclosed damages, apologized for the mistake.