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Friday, August 12, 2005

Italy: Nazi Criminal in House Arrest is Let Out for Vacation

Italy is a wonderful country: we let war criminals sentenced to life get out of arrest for vacation time.

Erich Priebke was an SS officer, serving a life sentence for taking part in the murder of 335 people in 1944 in Rome.

An Italian court granted him the permit to transfer himself from his Rome residence, where he lives under house arrest, to a villa in Cardana di Besozzo, beside Lake Maggiore, in Northern Italy.

The villa is owned by the son of Herman Bickler, who was the head of the Gestapo in Paris.

The judge, Fulvio Salvatori, declared to the press that it was just a transfer of house arrest from one domicile to another.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center said that if Priebke wanted a change of scenery he should go to the Ardeatine Caves memorial, that was built in remembrance of the people he murdered there.

Today, local politicians said that Priebke decided finally to go back to Rome. Priebke's vacation is over.

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