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Friday, January 20, 2012

Germany prosecutors: convicted Nazi criminal should serve life sentence
Sung Un Kim at 10:49 AM ET

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[JURIST] The Ingolstadt Prosecutor's Office [official website, in German] filed a motion on Thursday to jail Klaas Faber, a Dutch native who fled to Germany after being convicted in the Netherlands in 1947 of Nazi war crimes. He is one of the last on the Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website] Most Wanted list [BBC backgrounder] of surviving Nazi suspects who escaped punishment. Faber, 90, was accused of having participated in 22 murders and aiding the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands. Faber and his brother, Piet, were sentenced to death by a Dutch court, and Piet was executed while Klaas' sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. In 1952, he escaped the Netherlands and fled to Germany. Since then, the Netherlands has sought his extradition without success. It is unclear when the Ingolstadt district court will rule on the matter.

Germany reopened investigations into former Nazi death camp guards in October, which stemmed from the conviction of John Demjanjuk [JURIST reports], a former guard at a camp in Poland who was deported to Germany to stand trial for his alleged Nazi crimes. Nazi prosecution is still ongoing, despite the ages of the accused. Alleged Nazi Sandor Kepiro died while he awaited an appeal [JURIST report] on his acquittal on war crimes charges. Another convicted Nazi commander, Josef Scheungraber, is likely not able to serve [JURIST report] his life sentence due to his mental health issues.

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