• Short Summary

    DEMONSTRATORS IN TEL AVIV YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) PROTESTED AGAINST WEST GERMANY'S DECISION NOT TO EXTEND THE LAW UNDER WHICH NAZI WAR CRIMINALS CAN BE PROSECUTED.

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    DEMONSTRATORS IN TEL AVIV YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) PROTESTED AGAINST WEST GERMANY'S DECISION NOT TO EXTEND THE LAW UNDER WHICH NAZI WAR CRIMINALS CAN BE PROSECUTED. FORMER CONCENTRATION CAMP INMATES TOOK PART. THE DEMONSTRATION PASSED OFF PEACEFULLY.

    AS FAR AS NAZI WAR CRIMES ARE CONCERNED, THE LAW EXPIRES NEXT MAY, THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GERMAN SURRENDER. IT IS KNOWN AS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, AND LAYS DOWN 20 YEARS AS THE MAXIMUM PERIOD IN WHICH CRIMINALS OF VIOLENCE - INCLUDING COMMON CRIMINALS - CAN BE PROSECUTED FROM THE DATE PROCEEDINGS WERE INSTIGATED.

    HOWEVER, WAR CRIMINALS CAN STILL BE PROSECUTED AFTER NEXT MAY'S EXPIRY DATE - CRIMINALS AGAINST WHOM OFFICIAL CHARGES WERE LAID LESS THAN 20 YEARS AGO ON THAT DATE. CURRENT WAR CRIMES TRIALS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED, EITHER, AS PROCEEDINGS WERE TAKEN WITHIN THE 20-YEAR LIMIT.

    THE LAW WAS INTRODUCED IN 1871, AND THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT SAID LAST MONTH IT COULD SEE NO CONSTITUTIONAL REASON WHY IT SHOULD BE RELAXED FOR NAZI WAR CRIMES. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY LAUNCHED A WORLD-WIDE APPEAL FOR EVIDENCE OF CRIMES TO PREVENT CRIMINALS ESCAPING JUSTICE.

    (TODAY (SUNDAY) THE AUSCHWITZ WAR CRIMES COURT MOVED FROM FRANKFURT TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIMES - IN POLAND - TO GET A FIRST-HAND PICTURE OF THE CAMP IN ORDER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE DEFENCE EVIDENCE.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPDJ34IVBOZ9D4GZGPMYJ9WAY
    Media URN:
    VLVADPDJ34IVBOZ9D4GZGPMYJ9WAY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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