• Short Summary

    A judge in Bolivia said on Friday (2 March) that naturalised businessman Klaus Altmann has admitted that he was Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief wanted in France for war crimes.

  • Description

    A judge in Bolivia said on Friday (2 March) that naturalised businessman Klaus Altmann has admitted that he was Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief wanted in France for war crimes.

    The judge said that he had been sent to prison on Friday under an order of Preventive Detention.

    According to the judge it had been established at a court hearing that Altmann had served in World War Two as an officer of the Nazi SS under the name of Klaus Barbie. Last year, France asked for Altmann's extradition after a Paris newspaper report set off investigations into Altmann's identity by independent so-called Nazi hunters.

    Barbie was convicted in his absence after the War by a French military tribunal for War crimes, including the torture and murder of hundreds of French resistance workers in the French city if Lyons.

    SYNOPSIS: The man behind these headlines, Klaus Altmann, is in the news again. This time, it's because he is said to have admitted to being Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief wanted in France for war crimes.

    This film of Altmann was shot when international pressure was growing for him to be extradited to France in February, 1972. On Friday though, a judge in Bolivia said that Altmann admitted to being Barbie, and that as a result, he had been sent to prison on a Preventive Detention order. The judge said it had been established that Altmann had served in World War Two as an officer of the Nazi SS.

    Barbie was convicted in his absence after the War for crimes including torturing and murdering hundreds of French resistance workers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IPWMD5EXGE8XEQHUQ3OOD51I
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IPWMD5EXGE8XEQHUQ3OOD51I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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