Germany overturns Nazi-era treason convictions

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September 8, 2009 19:02

The German parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed a blanket measure overturning all Nazi-era treason convictions, nearly 65 years after the end of World War II. Treason convictions carried the death penalty and were handed down in Nazi Germany for any act deemed harmful to the nation or helpful to the enemy. German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said Tuesday that, "by rehabilitating all so-called war traitors, we restore the honor and dignity of a long-forgotten group of victims of Nazi justice." Since the end of the war in 1945, treason convictions had to be handled on an individual basis with a prosecutor weighing whether each one should be overturned


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