West Germany Urged to Repeal or Amend the Statute of Limitations

Four members of Parliament, spearheaded by Winston Churchill grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, called on West Germany to repeal or amend the statute of limitations for Nazi war crimes, which is due to take effect Jan. 1, 1980.

Churchill, a Conservative, and three other MPs had a one-hour talk yesterday with West German Ambassador Haris Ruethe who said he would convey their views “fully and urgently” to the Bonn Government.

The MPs, who plan to seek private meetings with West German parliamentarians, told the Ambassador that the statute of limitations could harm relations with West Germany. It would, they said, mean that Nazi murderers could emerge from hiding, write their memoirs and take the lead in extremist political movements.

Other members of the delegation, who are to form a permanent all party faction, were Greville Janner and Co. Richard Crawshaw, Labor, and Douglas Henderson, a Scottish nationalist. (By Maurice Samuelson).

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