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Hearings Started in Slovakia Against 17 Fascist War Criminals

Hearings have begun in Zilina, Slovakia, on an application of the regional prosecutor for the re-opening of criminal proceedings against 17 members of the anti-Semitic Hlinka Guard accused of war crimes and atrocities in 1945 against Slovak patriots, anti-Nazi partisans and Jews. A report of the proceedings was broadcast by Prague Radio and heard here.

The men were tried originally by a people’s court after the liberation and sentenced to prison for various crimes. New evidence has since been found and the state moved to quash the old sentences and re-open the case on the basis of a broader indictment. One of the defendants, Anton Sedlacek, has told the court of escorting a party of Jewish prisoners from one concentration camp to another.