Sunday, September 1, 2013

Up to 40 arrests pending for Nazi war crimes

The head of a special German prosecutors' office that investigates Nazi crimes says a probe of 50 suspected former Auschwitz guards is near complete and may result in charges against many of them, reported The Associated Press.

Berlin's taz newspaper reports more than 40 suspects were found to be still alive in Germany.

Prosecutor Kurt Schrimm told The Associated Press his office planned on recommending charges against most.

State prosecutors then have to review the cases and decide if there is enough evidence to press charges.

Schrimm says the investigations are not quite complete, and that more details would be announced next week.

They are being pursued under a new legal theory that anyone who served in a death camp can be charged as an accessory to murder.

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