Germany not to extradite Dutch former SS man

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Germany is not going to extradite Dutch war criminal Klaas-Carel Faber to the Netherlands. The justice authorities in the federal state of Bavaria announced the decision on Wednesday.

After exhaustive investigations, the authorities in Ingolstadt where the 89-year-old lives have confirmed he is indeed a German citizen. Germany does not extradite its own nationals.

Faber was a member of the firing squad in Westerbork Transit Camp, in the Waffen-SS and in the ‘Sonderkommando Feldmeijer’, a special unit which assassinated members of the Dutch resistance.

In 1947, a Dutch court sentenced him to death for the killing of at least 11 people at Westerbork and for aiding the enemy in wartime. A year later, the sentence was commuted to life. He escaped from prison in Breda in the Netherlands in 1952 and fled to what was then West Germany.

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