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Body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke at airport in Rome after funeral halted

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Body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke at airport in Rome after funeral halted

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The coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke is being held at a military airport near Rome after his funeral was disrupted by protesters.

Rome’s mayor, Ignazio Marino, says he may ask the German government for help, although Priebke’s hometown of Hennigsdorf near Berlin has refused to take his body.

Marino has said that burying Priebke in Rome would be an insult. Local residents agreed.

“It’s right that he is sent out of Italy, he needs to be kicked out of Italy, he doesn’t deserve to be here, particularly in Rome, absolutely not” one local woman said.

Another man added: “It’s right that he is sent back to his country, only this, for the harm that he has done.”

Yesterday riot police were brought in as angry residents and neo-nazis clashed as the funeral car entered a cemetery.

A right-wing group, the Catholic Society of St Pius, had organised the funeral despite local protests.

The former SS officer, who died aged 100 last week, had been serving a life sentence under house arrest in Rome for his role in the killing of 335 civilians in one of Italy’s worst wartime massacres.

He never apologised for his actions.