German court rules Nazi suspect Heinrich Boere fit for trial

July 7, 2009 22:09


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Suspected Nazi hit man Heinrich Boere is fit for trial on charges of killing three men in the Netherlands during World War II, a Cologne appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling overturned a lower court's decision that had cited a two-day medical exam in saying the 88-year-old was too ill to be prosecuted. In 1949, a Dutch court found Boere guilty of killing the three men when he was a member of a Waffen SS death squad that targeted civilians in reprisals for resistance attacks. Boere has eluded attempts to extradite or jail him, but the Cologne appeals court said Tuesday he should be tried in Germany. The ruling cites his old-age home caregivers in saying his mental state is good and a trial would not jeopardize his health.

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