Holland issues first European arrest warrant for Nazi war criminal

08:57, November 26, 2010      

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The Dutch authorities have issued the first European arrest warrant for Klaas-Claas Faber, an 82-year-old Dutch Nazi war criminal living in Germany now, according to a statement released by the Dutch public prosecution on Thursday.

Faber, who was put in jail in Breda in 1947, was once sentenced to death for killing 22 people. He committed these crimes when he was a member of the Waffen-SS. He was also involved in the firing squads that were known for killing innocent people in their own houses. He also assisted the enemy during the war.

A year after his imprisonment, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. In 1952, Faber managed to escape, together with six other prisoners from the prison in Breda. He fled to Ingolstadt, south Germany.

It is the third time that the Dutch public prosecutor attempts to arrest Faber. Former attempts haven't been successful due to the fact that Faber has obtained the German citizenship.

According to European guidelines of the European arrest warrant, Faber needs to be handed over to the Dutch authorities. It is the first time that a European arrest warrant has been issued.

In an attempt to arrest Faber, a group of 150 Israeli lawyers presented a petition to the German government last summer.

Source: Xinhua


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