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Germany ready to take on ageing Nazi hitman

AFP · 9 Aug 2010, 15:42

Published: 09 Aug 2010 15:42 GMT+02:00

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger asked her employees upon taking office last year to examine the case of Klaas Carel Faber, 88, convicted after World War II in the Netherlands of murdering 22 Jews.

"The result of the enquiry is that there will perhaps be a possibility to enforce the verdict of the Dutch court," her spokesman told a regular news conference.

The minister has had to send a request to the Bavarian justice ministry, which has responsibility for the case, however, asking it to review the options, the spokesman said. No reply has been received so far.

Public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk this month cited the state's justice ministry as saying it needed "new facts not known until now" before the Dutch verdict could be enforced.

Last week a petition by 150 Israeli lawyers was presented to the German government calling on Berlin to do more to bring Dutch-born Faber to justice, Israeli media reported.

Faber, who is high on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of wanted Nazis, was given German citizenship for serving in the SS. Several attempts to extradite him have failed.

He served in a special SS unit in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands which killed Dutch civilians deemed as "anti-German" as reprisals for resistance attacks.

In March this year, another member of this unit who also escaped to Germany, Heinrich Boere, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a German court. His lawyers had said they were planning an appeal and Boere, 88, remains free.

Since the Nuremberg trials after World War II, where several top Nazi henchmen were sentenced to death, German authorities have examined more than 25,000 cases but the vast majority never came to court.

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But now, with the suspected war criminals either approaching or already in their 90s, there has been a minor flurry of arrests and court cases.

In the most high-profile case, 90-year-old John Demjanjuk went on trial in Munich last November on charges of assisting in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp.

And late last month, prosecutors said they had charged Samuel Kunz with helping to murder 430,000 Jews while a guard at the Belzec extermination camp. Kunz had been due to appear as a witness in Demjanjuk's trial.

Your comments about this article

04:46 August 10, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
Nothing like waiting 65 years to prosecute after letting the worst have long, free lives.
08:07 August 10, 2010 by wenddiver
The war is over, send the old man to an appropriate home for the elderly. Go punish the Stasi and not een them if they are over 60.
15:38 August 10, 2010 by hOU
Time to turn another page, people.
17:08 August 10, 2010 by danamcmahon
Since we are calling names. German prisoner of war records indicate, there were no German soldiers returned from russia after world war 11. One and a half million German prisoners of war were murdered. The kleptomanics behind this great human injustice robbed Germany of its last honor as history now reveals. The end became a new beginning for germany which took a very honorable course. Human rights begin at home through our acts and applied through the courts, our acts as a nation compell us to strengthen our search for justice and truth, in the apporiate language all can understand.
03:53 August 12, 2010 by MoranoAm
Almost 3/4 quarter of a century late. What is the purpose? The guy has both feet in the grave already. God (if there is one) will judge him. Otherwise it is too late. I guess some mook is trying to earn his salary.

Tony

Philadelphia, PA USA
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