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Barbie Released from La Paz Jail

Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo “butcher of Lyons” has been released from jail in La Paz after the Bolivian Supreme Court ruled against extradition requests by the French and Peruvian governments. Barbie is wanted in France to face trial for war crimes including the murder of a resistance leader and the deportation of Jews during World War II. He is wanted in Peru on charges of smuggling and illegal currency transactions. The former Gestapo chief has been living in Bolivia for the past 30 years under the name of Klaus Altmann. He was jailed eight months ago pending the outcome of the extradition requests.

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