Report: Argentina refuses to accept the remains of Nazi war criminal Priebke

100 year-old died in Italy Friday; Jewish community in Argentina welcomes foreign ministry decision.

October 12, 2013 09:54
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Convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke

Convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Argentina will not accept the remains of Erich Priebke, the last survivor of the Nazi military officers convicted over one of Italy's worst wartime atrocities,  who died on Friday in Rome at the age of 100, AFP reported. 

"Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has given the order not to accept the slightest move to allow the return of the body of Nazi criminal Erich Priebke to our country," AFP quoted the Argentine foreign ministry writing in a tweet.

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"Argentines will not accept this kind of affront to human dignity."

The war criminal's lawyer, Paolo Giachini had that Priebke would be buried near his wife in Argentina, where he fled after the war, according to the report. 

The Israelite Argentine Mutual Aid Association (AMIA) and the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations (DAIA), hailed Buenos Aires's decision to refuse Priebke's remains.

The fact that Priebke had "resided with impunity for decades in our country, enjoying a life that so many civilians had been deprived of" was "an affront to the principles of the Republic," the DAIA said as quoted by AFP.

It urged people "not to forget and not forgive the Nazi genocide, or any type of genocide."

Priebke, who never apologized for his role in the killing of 335 civilians in 1944, was serving out a life sentence under house arrest.

Priebke, who called himself "the last prisoner of war," was extradited to Italy in 1995 from Argentina and definitively convicted in 1998 after several appeals.

Before his extradition to Italy, Priebke had been living a tranquil life since 1949 in the Argentine mountain resort town of Bariloche along with other former Nazis.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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