German war criminal, 91, fined for robbery
Elder German convict charged for threatening behaviour, claims he was acting in a moment of protest.1 October 2008
GERMANY -- An elderly convicted German war criminal was fined EUR 1,600 (USD 2,300) by a court Wednesday for a hold-up at a Belgian pharmacy.
The man, who had been paroled after 22 years in prison for murdering six Jews in Gorlice, Poland during World War II, said he pointed a toy gun at a shop-owner in Eupen, Belgium as a protest against his 1968 conviction.
The 91-year-old former member of the SS admitted the wartime murders but claimed his sentence was unfair because he had just been following orders.
Fining him for threatening behaviour, a court in Recklinghausen, Germany refused his request to re-open the war crimes case.
The accused pointed a toy gun at a pharmacist last year and demanded money, but then left the shop empty handed.
[dpa / Expatica]