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German court orders release of suspected Nazi

[JURIST] A German court Friday ordered the release of an 86-year-old man on trial for Nazi crimes committed in Slovakia after a key witness admitted to no longer clearly remembering events. Charges remain against Ladislav Niznansky, a former captain in a Slovak section of Nazi forces, and the trial is expected to continue, but the judge in the case concluded that "urgent suspicion" was no longer present. Niznansky is alleged to have headed the Nazi unit named Edelweiss that pursued resistance fighters and Jews in Slovakia, and he is charged with personally shooting 20 people in 1945. Niznansky was convicted in absentia by communist Czechoslovakia and sentenced to death. He claimed to have played a subordinate role in the unit. AP has background on the trial. Deutsche Welle has local coverage. AP has more.

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