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Seven Nazis Accused of Signing Deportation Orders for Jews Are Freed in West-berlin

Seven men accused of having participated in the slaughter of thousands of Berlin Jews during the Nazi era were released today after a West Berlin court dismissed charges against them. The men had been accused of signing deportation orders that sent Jews to death camps. Charges were dismissed on a request by the prosecutor on the grounds of a Federal court ruling that malice aforethought must be proved. Even if it is not proved, a 15-year statute of limitations on abetting to murder is now in effect.