A former Nazi soldier was charged by German prosecutors for incitement and disparaging the memory of Nazi victims Wednesday after he made inflammatory statements in an interview broadcast on television.
The accused was identified by media to be Karl Münter, who had previously been convicted in France over his role in the killing of 86 people in the northern French village of Ascq during World War II. He was pardoned in 1955 as part of French-German reconciliation efforts after World War II.
Last November, Münter said in an interview broadcast by German channel ARD that victims killed in Ascq were to blame for their deaths. He also disputed the fact that the Holocaust was responsible for the deaths of six million Jews.
In March 2018, German prosecutors had sought to reopen a war crimes case on his home soil but dropped the case against him due to double jeopardy. If convicted this time, the accused faces up to five years in jail for incitement and two years for disparaging the memory of the deceased.