FRANKFURT (Aug. 23)
A prosecution bid for a stiffer sentence than the five-year imprisonment imposed last month on former SS Captain Otto Hunsche was followed today by the filing of an appeal by Hunsche’s attorney against the sentence.
Hunsche, a close associate of Adolf Eichmann, was sentenced July 13 on conviction of charges he contributed to the murder of about 600 Hungarian Jews. The Frankfurt jury court rejected the demand of Frankfurt Chief Prosecutor Heinz Wolf for a life sentence at hard labor. The jury court deducted from the five-year term 37 months for time Hunsche served previously, leaving 23 months of the five-year sentence to be served.
The chief prosecutor filed an appeal yesterday to set aside the verdict as a first step toward seeking a longer sentence. Today, Dr. Hans Laternser, who was Hunsche’s defense attorney, appealed the five-year term. He had asked for Hunsche’s acquittal during the trial.