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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Dutch-born war crimes convict dies in Germany

BERLIN — Klaas Faber, a Dutch native who fled to Germany after being convicted in the Netherlands of Nazi war crimes, has died. He was 90.

A hospital official in Ingolstadt, where he lived, confirmed on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment officially that Faber died Thursday.

Faber — No. 3 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most-wanted Nazis — was convicted in 1947 of involvement in 22 murders and aiding the Netherlands' Nazi occupiers. He was handed a death sentence, later commuted to life in prison, according to Dutch prosecutors.

But in 1952 he escaped and fled to Germany, where he lived free despite several attempts to try or extradite him. An Ingolstadt prosecutor recently filed a motion to have him serve his sentence in Germany.

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