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Italy prosecutor seeks to put 17 former Nazis on trial for 1944 massacre

[JURIST] An Italian prosecutor is seeking to put 17 former Nazi SS members on trial for participation in the 1944 massacre of 700 civilians in the town of Marzabotto [Wikipedia profile] in Bologna. Prosecutor Marco de Paolis has asked a judge in the town of La Spezia to add the officer and 16 enlisted men of the 16th SS Division to a trial of 4 SS personnel from the same division that began last year. The judge is expected to decide whether the trial will go forward next month, as it will take time to notify the defendants, all German residents in their 80s. After the war, two former leaders of the division were convicted in Italy, and last year, 10 former SS members were sentenced to life imprisonment [BBC report] for another massacre in Tuscany. Last month, a German court acquitted [JURIST report] former Nazi commander Ladislav Niznansky of murder charges involving massacres in Slovakia, and activists have recently criticized Austria [JURIST report] for its reticence in trying Nazi war criminals. AP has more.

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