New hope in hunt for Nazi war criminals
Case sets precedent for charging suspects living anywhere and even if crimes occurred outside modern-day Germany.
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 22:39

Charging suspected Nazi war criminals has become easier following the recent sentencing of a concentration camp guard.

It is hoped the case of John Demjanjuk, a prison guard in Nazi-era Poland, may help bring up to 1,000 suspects to justice.

Convicted earlier this year as an accessory to the murder of more than 27,000 people, the case set a precedent for charging suspects living anywhere, even if not directly involved in mass murder, and even if the crimes took place outside of modern-day Germany.

Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.

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