Dutch war criminal dies at 93

29th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Herbertus Bikker or better known as Butcher of Ommen died in Germany last November.

GERMANY – The Dutch war criminal Herbertus Bikker has died in Germany at the age of 93 last November, confirms German police.

Bikker, who was one of the four remaining convicted war criminals, died of natural causes in November 2008 at his home in Haspe in the Ruhr region and is buried in the local cemetery.

Known as the Butcher of Ommen for his brutal treatment of inmates in the Erika prison camp in the Dutch province of Overijssel, Bikker also served in an elite SS regiment on the Eastern Front and took part in Nazi raids in the Netherlands.

Bikker was convicted for the 1944 murder of the resistance fighter Jan Houtman and sentenced to death after the war. This was commuted to lifelong imprisonment without parole, but he escaped from jail in Breda in 1952 and fled to Germany.

He was naturalised under the law which automatically grants German citizenship to foreigners who have served in the German armed forces and could therefore not be extradited to the Netherlands.

A new trial for the Houtman murder was abandoned in February 2004 when Bikker was judged mentally incapable of understanding what was happening.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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