ROME - Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was secretly buried in an anonymous grave in a cemetery inside the walls of an Italian prison complex, an Italian newspaper reported on Thursday.
La Repubblica said the coffin of the man convicted of one of Italy's worst wartime atrocities was taken from a military airport and buried on the grounds of the undisclosed prison late last month.
It said the grave was marked by a simple wooden cross with no name but merely a number so family members would be able to identify it. The prison graveyard had been abandoned for years and was overgrown with weeds, the paper said.
Priebke's lawyer did not respond to several telephone requests for comment. Italian officials had no comment.