Denmark SS officer's extradition rejected

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5 February 2007, Copenhagen (dpa) - Danish efforts to extradite a former Danish SS officer from Germany were slated to continue despite rejection from a German court, disappointed politicians said Monday. The extradition was not successful because a Munich appeals court ruled that the statute of limitations applied under the European Union extradition law. Soren Kam is was suspected of involvement in the murder of newspaper editor and resistance member Carl Henrik Clemmensen in 1943 when Denmark was occupi

5 February 2007

Copenhagen (dpa) - Danish efforts to extradite a former Danish SS officer from Germany were slated to continue despite rejection from a German court, disappointed politicians said Monday.

The extradition was not successful because a Munich appeals court ruled that the statute of limitations applied under the European Union extradition law.

Soren Kam is was suspected of involvement in the murder of newspaper editor and resistance member Carl Henrik Clemmensen in 1943 when Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Kam is under investigation because a probe after the war indicated that three SS members were involved in the killing of the resistance member.

The German court ruled that Kam was involved in the murder, and could be guilty of involuntary manslaughter but cannot be extradited.

Kam, who lives in southern Germany, and became a German citizen in 1956, has blamed the killing of Clemmensen on the sole SS member, who in 1946 was brought to justice and executed for the crime. A second accomplice disappeared without trace.

"I will ask the justice minister if all means to influence the German decision have been exhausted," Karen Haekkerup, legal affairs spokesperson of the Danish opposition Social Democrats party, told Danish news agency Ritzau.

Haekkerup said the case was so special that it warranted "special measures."

Peter Skaarup of the Danish People's Party, which backs the minority centre-right government, said the ruling would be closely analyzed and the justice minister would may face questions.

Skaarup said that the ruling was a "disappointment."

Surviving resistance members also expressed disappointment over the German ruling.

The legal tug-of-war over Kam has gone on for several years. He was released last October after being held for three weeks pending a decision on his extradition.

  Danish legal experts believe that Kam's age, 85, may save him from having to serve a prison term if convicted.

DPA

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