Protest in Rome over freedom for Nazi war criminal

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Protest in Rome over freedom for Nazi war criminal

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Italian Jews yelling “Murderer! Murderer!” have protested against a court ruling that allows a 93-year-old Nazi war criminal to leave house arrest every day.

Former SS captain Erich Priebke was jailed for the massacre of 335 men and boys.

One demonstrator in Rome said they wouldn’t give up protesting for justice. “We don’t forget and I hope the rest of the civilised world doesn’t forget.”

Priebke will do translation and clerical work in his lawyer’s office.

His lawyer says the law states that after a period of prison inmates have the right to certain benefits. “Detention,” he said, “isn’t just punitive, but tries to re-educate criminals.”

Priebke was extradited to Italy from Argentina in 1995 and was convicted in 1998.

But a year later he was allowed to move from jail to house arrest for health reasons and because of his age.

Critics of the decision to let him work in his lawyer’s office, with specific permission to go out freely for lunch, is an insult to the family and friends of those murdered.