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Dutch war criminal Jacobus Philippa, sentenced to death for committing Nazi war crimes, has appealed to Queen Juliana for mercy. Philippa’s lawyer announced his client’s appeal this weekend as thousands of Dutchmen remembered their war dead of World War II in annual commemoration ceremonies. Philippa, 65, was discovered a few weeks ago in his parents’ home in The Hague where he had been hiding for the last 29 years. In 1950, a Dutch court sentenced him to death in absentia.

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