Germany rejects Danish extradition request
1 August 2005, COPENHAGEN - German justice authorities have formally rejected Denmark's request for the extradition of a former Danish SS officer, the Danish Justice Ministry said Monday.
1 August 2005
COPENHAGEN - German justice authorities have formally rejected Denmark's request for the extradition of a former Danish SS officer, the Danish Justice Ministry said Monday.
Prosecutors in Munich issued the German reply, which came as little surprise to Danish officials after Germany's Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe recently said a European Union law on extradition violates the German constitution as it pertains to German citizens.
Denmark had hoped to use the E.U. extradition law for the extradition of Danish-born Soren Kam, who is suspected of involvement in the murder of a resistance member in 1943 when Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany.
The 83-year-old Kam, who lives in southern Germany, became a German citizen in 1956. A probe after the war indicated that three SS members were involved in the killing of the resistance member.
Kam later blamed the killing on the sole SS member who in 1946 was brought to justice and executed for the crime. A second accomplice disappeared without trace.
A spokesman for the Lyngby police handling the Kam case said Denmark would renew its efforts when Germany changed its current legislation.
"One may expect that the Germans will be in a hurry," Kaj Aage Pleidrup told Danish news agency Ritzau, adding that the Constitutional Court ruling had triggered some angry reactions since it appeared to cripple international efforts to combat terrorism.
Legal experts doubted that Kam would have to serve a prison term in Denmark even if he were to be convicted.
Subject: German news