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West German Justice Minister Calls for Abolition of Status on War Crimes, Genocide

Dr. Gustav Heinemann, the West German Minister of Justice, said in an interview published here today that the statute of limitations on the prosecution of crimes of murder and genocide should be abolished. Dr. Heinemann told the Social Democratic Party weekly, “Vorwaerts,” that “we Germans should not wait until the United Nations decides on this but should do it ourselves now.” The Minister of Justice has, in the past, called for the abolition of the statute of limitations which is scheduled to go into effect at the end of 1969. It would bar all further prosecution of war criminals charged with murder.