Man accused of Nazi-era murders found innocent
19 December 2005, MUNICH - A man accused of Nazi era war crimes, including mass murder, was found innocent on Monday by a court in the Bavarian capital.
19 December 2005
MUNICH - A man accused of Nazi era war crimes, including mass murder, was found innocent on Monday by a court in the Bavarian capital.
Ladislav Niznansky, who is 88, was found not guilty of charges he had taken part in the killing of 164 civilians in Slovakia at the end of the Second World War in 1945.
The court also ruled that Niznansky should receive compensation for the nine months he spent in prison during investigations in the allegations.
State prosecutors had demanded a life sentence for Niznansky who served as an anti-partisan commander in former Czechoslovakia.
"The accused did not take part in shootings and it could not be determined if he gave orders (for shootings)," said Judge Manfred Goetzl in his verdict at the end of the 15-month trial.
Judge Goetzl noted that were hardly any witnesses still alive who could describe events at the time, and expressed doubts over the independence of a court case from 1962 in communist Czechoslovakia in which the accused was sentenced to death in absentia.
German prosecutors had based much of their case on the 1962 court ruling.
Subject: German news