Bavaria: Nazi extradition requires fresh evidence

26th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Bavaria's justice ministry says it needs fresh evidence to consider a request from the Dutch authorities to extradite a convicted Dutch war criminal now living in Germany. Klaas-Carel Faber, 88, is one of the most important Nazi war criminals still at large.

"In 2004 the Netherlands tried to make Mr Faber serve his sentence in Germany. The request was rejected on the basis of a 1957 ruling, which dropped the charges against him for lack of evidence. To review the decision, the Netherlands would have to submit new and important evidence", according to a spokesperson for Bavaria's justice ministry.

Germany's federal justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has urged Bavaria "to look for alternative solutions." One of the options the minister recommends exploring is whether Mr Faber can serve the remainder of his prison sentence in Germany.

Bavaria's authorities are responsible for the matter because Mr Faber is a resident of that German state. Previous attempts to have him extradited all failed. The Dutch Public Prosecutor has now issued a European arrest warrant, a procedure which has not yet been tried.

During World War II, Mr Faber was a member of the firing squad of the Westerbork concentration camp, a member of the Waffen-SS and a member of the Sonderkommando Feldmeijer death squad.

In 1947, a Dutch tribunal sentenced him to death for killing at least 11 people at Westerbork and for assisting the enemy in wartime. A year later, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. In 1952, Mr Faber escaped from a top-security prison in the Dutch town of Breda and fled to West-Germany.

As a former member of the SS, Mr Faber was able to obtain German citizenship. Germany usually refuses to extradite citizens.

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