Italy welcomes new Nazi massacre inquiry

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Italy welcomes new Nazi massacre inquiry

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Italy has welcomed the decision by a German court to reopen an inquiry into a massacre of 560 civilians during World War II.

Tuesday was the 70th anniversary of the atrocity in Sant’Anna di Stazzema, which wiped out almost the entire Tuscan village.

Among those shot or killed with hand grenades were 116 children.

Germany previously launched an investigation into the massacre but it stalled two years ago.

Italy convicted ten men of Nazi war crimes in 2005. One of them, former SS officer Gerhard Sommer, received a life sentence but German law prevents him being extradicted to Italy.

While marking the anniversary on Tuesday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano wrote that it was time that justice was pursued again in a court of law.