Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Tuscany massacre survivors to appeal against German ruling

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(ANSA) – Sant'Anna di Stazzema, October 2 – Survivors and
relatives of the victims of a notorious World War II massacre in
Tuscany are to appeal against a German court decision not to
prosecute surviving Nazi military officers suspected of being
responsible.
On Monday German magistrates said a lack of evidence made
them drop the case against eight surviving Nazi soldiers for the
murder of hundreds of civilians in the Tuscan village of
Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca, in 1944, following
investigations lasting 10 years.
The decision sparked anger and disbelief among the local
community and Italian politicians, with mayor Michele Silicani
describing it as "absurd and unjust".
In its own investigation and trial, the Italian military
court condemned 10 of the ex-Nazi officers to life in prison in
absentia, including the eight who remain alive.
Germany refused to grant Italy's request for the men's
arrest.
Mayor Siliciani on Tuesday said he also planned to meet
with Justice Minister Paola Severino to ask for her
intervention.

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