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Dutch Nazi war criminal sentenced to life


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Dutch Nazi war criminal sentenced to life

An 88-year-old Dutch former Nazi has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering three civilians in the Netherlands during the Second World War.

Heinrich Boere was convicted in one of Germany’s last war crimes trials from that period.

A volunteer with an SS death squad which killed Dutch resistance members and others, in 1944 he and a colleague went to visit three men in different locations and shot them.

After the war, Boere was convicted of the killings at a trial in the Netherlands. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, but he had already escaped to Germany, which refused to extradite him.

Some 60 years later, after much legal wrangling over whether he was fit to stand trial and as anti-Nazi demonstrators gathered outside, Boere again appeared in the dock at Aix-la-Chapelle.

The judge said he had committed the murders in a totally arbitrary manner.

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