Germany's Justice Ministry says it is looking into the possibility of jailing an 88-year-old man more than 60 years after his conviction for Nazi war crimes in the Netherlands.
Spokesman Ulrich Staudigl said Monday that ministry experts think enforcing the Dutch court's life sentence against former SS officer Klaas Carel Faber for multiple Nazi-era murders might still be an option.
He says the ministry has asked authorities in Bavaria to look into the case again.
Faber is number five of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "most wanted Nazi war
criminals." He was sentenced to death in Holland for a number of
murders carried out when he was in the SS, but he escaped to Germany in
1952, where he has lived ever since. The Dutch government requested that
Faber be extradited several times, so that he could serve his sentence,
which had been commuted in the late 1940s to life in prison.
Last week, 150 Israeli lawyers signed a petition and presented it to
Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman on Wednesday, calling upon the
Israeli government to urge Germany to take legal action against the
former SS officer.
The petition was submitted in support of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's
efforts to enlist the Israeli government's active assistance in the Faber case.
The organization has also called upon the Israeli government to urge
Germany to cancel the "Fuhrer befehl law," which grants German
citizenship to non-German Nazi collaborators and protects them from
extradition to their countries of origin to face prosecution.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center's chief Nazi-hunter said:
"Germany's failure hereto to put Faber on trial or return him to Holland
are a travesty which must be corrected as quickly as possible, while
justice can still be achieved."