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GENEVA (JPS) — The Swiss bank Credit Suisse was scheduled this week to pay compensation to the daughter of a Nazi victim.

The payment was believed to be the first settlement in the United States of a Holocaust-era claim against a Swiss bank.

Estelle Sapir, whose father, a Warsaw banker, was killed in Majdanek, was to sign the agreement in New York with Credit Suisse for an undisclosed sum. Sources said Sapir, 71, would receive about $500,000.

Credit Suisse said previously that it could find no record of her father's account.

Sapir, who lives in Queens, N.Y., was one of dozens of claimants in separate class-actions suits that have been filed in federal court in New York seeking compensation from the banks, which are accused of hoarding Jewish assets.

Lithuania won't try accused war criminal

MOSCOW (JTA) — Lithuanian prosecutors have said they would not prosecute a Pennsylvania resident accused of war crimes.

They said there are insufficient grounds to prosecute Jonas Stelmokas, a former Lithuanian platoon commander accused of helping the Nazis massacre thousands of Jews.

A U.S. federal immigration judge has ordered the deportation of Stelmokas, 82, a retired architect.

Stelmokas is accused of participating in Nazi atrocities in the ghetto of Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city. He is also believed to have been a member of a battalion that murdered civilians, predominantly Jews, in both Belarus and Russia between 1941 and 1944.

Stelmokas, who had his U.S. citizenship revoked three years ago, denies that he participated in any wartime crimes.

Uzbekistan passes law on religion registration

MOSCOW (JTA) — The former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan passed a law requiring all religious groups to register with the state. President Islam Karimov had called for the law because of a rise in fundamentalist Islam that he said had led to increased violence in the Central Asian country.

Human rights activists charge that the new law would further the government's practice of arbitrarily arresting individuals for their beliefs rather than on the basis of criminal activity.