Dutch seek fugitive Nazi criminal from Germany

AMSTERDAM Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:32am EST

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands will use a new legal procedure to seek the extradition from Germany of an 88-year-old Dutchman who was jailed for killing Jewish prisoners at a Nazi transit camp, but escaped from prison in 1952.

The extradition of former SS soldier Klaas Carel Faber has been hindered by a German law preventing extradition of German nationals for war crimes; though Germany itself sentenced another former Dutch Nazi, Heinrich Broere, to life in prison in March this year.

A special Dutch prosecution team, the TES, that seeks to enforce older sentences said on Thursday it had issued a European Arrest Warrant against Faber. That warrant supersedes national regulations and, prosecutors argue, could allow Germany to hand him over for trial.

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberg told a German newspaper in September that she would welcome a new Dutch attempt to get Faber to serve out his sentence.

Israel has also requested Germany hand Faber to the Dutch.

Faber joined the Dutch SS along with his brother Pieter Johan. Their father Pieter Faber was killed by the resistance.

Klaas Carel was sentenced to death in 1947 for the killing of at least 11 people in the Westerbork camp in the Netherlands which was a staging post for Dutch jews on their journey to concentration camps in Germany, Poland and Ukraine.

While his brother was shot by firing squad after the war, the sentence of Klaas Carel was commuted to life imprisonment.

Faber escaped to Germany in 1952 with several others. Extradition attempts so far failed because Faber, due to his SS membership, also has German nationality. A German court ruled in 1957 that it had insufficient evidence to try Faber who, according to newspapers, is living in the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt.

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