Wiesenthal Center calls for SS executioner's extradition

Center's third Most-Wanted Nazi War Criminal, Klaas Faber, 88, received life sentence in Holland, before escaping to Germany in 1952.

November 25, 2010 14:54
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Germany to extradite Dutch former SS executioner Klaas Faber, in a statement released on Thursday.

The Netherlands released an arrest warrant for Faber, 88, on Wednesday.

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Faber escaped to Germany in 1952 after being sentenced to death in the Netherlands for his role in the deaths of 22 people.

In September, Germany's Justice Ministry said it is looking into the possibility of jailing Faber more than 60 years after his conviction.

Spokesman Ulrich Staudigl said 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 said the ministry had asked authorities in Bavaria to look into the case again.

Faber is number three of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "most wanted Nazi war criminals." The Dutch government requested that Faber be extradited several times, so that he could serve his sentence, which had been commuted to life in prison.

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."

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