Swiss Government Studies Effect of Deadlines on Prosecution of Nazis

The Swiss Federal Council announced today it was making a study of present Swiss laws to determine whether action by other countries to prevent or postpone deadlines for prosecution of Nazi war criminals made additional Swiss measures necessary.

The Council declared that the Swiss Federal Constitution authorized the Council to take legal action against persons wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity who came to Switzerland. Swiss federal officials also have authority to ban entry into Switzerland of “questionable” persons and to force such persons to leave. In recent years, a number of former Nazis fleeing from prosecution in West Germany, have sought refuge in Switzerland.

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