Germany: Court upholds sentence for former Nazi hit man

December 20, 2010 23:25

BERLIN — Germany's top criminal court has rejected an 89-year-old man's appeal against a life sentence given to him earlier this year for killing three Dutch civilians during World War II.

Aachen state court said it was notified Monday that the Federal Court of Justice had rejected Heinrich Boere's appeal on Dec. 1.The court in March sentenced Boere to life in prison for the 1944 killings of a bicycle-shop owner, a pharmacist and another civilian while he was part of a Nazi SS hit squad

Boere, the son of a Dutch man and a German woman, admitted to the killings during his trial, but insisted he was just following orders. The court, however, said in its ruling "these were murders that could hardly be outdone in terms of baseness and cowardice."

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