Reports: Austrian acquitted in Nazi massacre

An Italian military court on Monday acquitted an 87-year-old former lieutenant in the German army of the 1944 World War II massacre of some 50 civilians in Tuscany, Italian news agencies reported. The tribunal in La Spezia ruled that there was no evidence to convict Herbert Hantschk, an Austrian who was tried in absentia as the only defendant in the case, the ANSA news agency reported from that northern port city. The massacre was carried out in the town of San Polo, near Arezzo, Tuscany, as the German army was making its retreat from north-central Italy. The military tribunal was closed for the day and officials could not be reached for comment.