Ageing Dutch Nazi faces jail again

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Ageing Dutch Nazi faces jail again

6 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — The German public prosecutor is supporting a request by the Netherlands that six ageing Dutch Nazi war criminals be forced to serve out jail terms.

The six, including 89-year-old Herbertus Bikker, were hiding in Germany for decades since escaping from a Dutch jail in the early 1950s.

The German prosecutor is to ask a court in the German city Hagen to make the six serve out the life sentences imposed on them in Holland in 1949, Bikker's lawyer told the media Friday.

An attempt to try Bikker in Germany earlier this year for murdering a Dutch resistance fighter led to a drawn out on again, off again hearing Hagen.

The trial was eventually abandoned in February and Bikker was allowed to walk free when the judge accepted he was not fit to follow the court proceedings.

A Dutch citizen by birth, Bikker served in the Nazi Waffen SS during the Second World War and was known as the "Executioner of Ommen" during his stint at the Dutch Erica prison camp in the town FROM November 1994 to the waning days of World War II in April 1945.

He was accused of the shooting death of a resistance volunteer, Jan Houtman, in November 1944.

After the war he was sentenced to death, but his sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. He and the other five war criminals escaped to Germany in Christmas 1952.

There, he claimed German citizenship under terms of a directive issued by Adolf Hitler in 1943 granting that right to all foreign-born members of the Waffen SS.

As a German citizen, he was able to stymie efforts by Dutch authorities to have him extradited back to the Netherlands. Under West German law at the time, German citizens could not be extradited to a foreign country against their consent, Dutch news agency DPA said earlier this year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, German news, Dutch Nazis, Herbertus Bikker

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