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Minister dismisses Nazi extradition

The Local · 27 Nov 2010, 11:51

Published: 27 Nov 2010 11:51 GMT+01:00

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Dutch prosecutors on Thursday issued a European arrest warrant for SS assassin Klaas Carel Faber, who has been living freely in Germany since escaping from a Dutch prison in 1952 where he was serving a life sentence.

Three previous attempts to bring him to justice have failed, and German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, amid pressure from Israel, called Friday on the state of Bavaria, which has jurisdiction on the case, "to look for alternative solutions."

This could include putting Faber, third on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of wanted Nazis, in prison in Germany, the minister told the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily.

But the justice ministry in the southern state played down the chances of this latest attempt, following others in 1954, 1957 and 2004, being successful.

"In 2004 there was a Dutch attempt for him to serve his sentence in Germany, which was rejected on the basis of a 1957 court decision dismissing the case for lack of evidence," spokesman Stefan Heilmann told news agency AFP.

"In order to re-visit this decision, the Netherlands would have to present new and significant evidence."

Faber was sentenced to death by a Dutch court in 1947 for murdering 22 Jews during World War II although this was later commuted to life imprisonment.

He escaped from Breda prison in the western Netherlands in 1952 with six other former SS men and fled to Germany, eventually settling in Ingolstadt in Bavaria where he worked for automaker Audi.

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

He worked from 1943 to 1944 at Westerbork transit camp, where Dutch schoolgirl Anne Frank, whose diary became world-famous, was held before being sent to her death at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler gave all those serving in the SS German citizenship, and Germany as a rule does not extradite its own citizens.


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13:24 November 27, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Justice for all... erhh ... nope
19:14 November 27, 2010 by DOZ
Germany must not Extradite this man, or any other German Citizen. As long as WW2 Allied Countries continue to Torture and Harrass it's immigrant-German Community, Germany should not kneel to their requests. But Germany must do more to offer Sanctuary and start expatriating former Germans and their Children. Save us from the Allie's. Please.
23:44 November 27, 2010 by DinhoPilot

dude that's some wicked stuff you smokin'... say what?
02:00 November 28, 2010 by lordkorner
This man should be handed over NOW...
05:16 November 28, 2010 by Bob Morris
I think this man is a murderer, properly convicted by Courts in the Netherlands. How a verdict of insufficient evidence came to be found in the BDR in 1957 is a mystery to me. It seems to be that a Bavarian court with appropriate jurisdiction, or perhaps the Bavarian Minister of Justice, should request the records (transcripts, evidence exhbitis) on which the Netherlands Court relied to convict him. If Mr. Haber is found to have had appropriate legal representation, and if the evidence used to convict him rises to the level that BDR Courts usually accept as sufficient to convict an accused prisoner, THEN HE SHOULD BE IMPRISONER IN BAVARIA TO SERVE THE REST OF HIS SENTENCE.

Since he has been a fugitive from the Netherlands Courts all these years, and since they have been actively pursuing him, I suspect that these records have been preserved. At least, SOMEONE SHOULD ASK!
05:50 November 28, 2010 by cheeba
I wonder about this. The authorities took this up in 1957 and there was not enough evidence. Now more than 50 years later the man is old and feeble. It is very unlikely he would be able to participate in his defense at this point.

I am no fan of NAZI's but this seems to be motivated exclusively by political pressure and that is not a good reason to re-try a case unless there is very strong new evidence.

I imagine that if such compelling new evidence had been uncovered it would be all over the media but we have heard nothing.
08:49 November 28, 2010 by Viva Melita
Stories like this simply keep the holocaust in the news and Jewish atrocities in Palestine out of it.
11:00 November 28, 2010 by mixxim
I am not sure but perhaps someone can put me right? I always thought that the german constitution does not permit its own nationals to be extradited. I had once seen an article on UK TV which showed a german fraudster in the UK who had fled to the sanctuary of his own country.

It seems the only way of dealing with these people is to call in Mossad!
23:28 November 28, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Well like this we will have many doners and wurst robbers in England, France, Netherlands, etc... running to Germany after they commited their crimes.

Talk about international justice...
07:21 November 29, 2010 by TurboDirectInjectionDiesel
The guy is obviously guilty. He had been sentenced in the Netherlands and escaped from the Dutch prison. He is the SS assassin. What evidence do you need more? Are you people so naive to think that he was delivering fresh buns from a bakery while being in the SS troops?

The guy is a freakin' Nazi, he would wipe you all out and you have scruples.

Mossad get down to business!
12:07 November 29, 2010 by adipk
catch me if u can
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