TORONTO (Oct. 1)
The Deschenes commission investigating Nazi war criminals living in Canada has received a six-week extension. Commission co-counsel Yves Fortier said its “report is 95 percent finished.”
The extension was granted to allow suspected war criminals named in the report time to examine the evidence against them. This is required by the Inquiries Act under which the one man commission, headed by Quebec Superior Court Judge Jules Deschenes was created in February 1985.
The commission was mandated to determine whether Nazi war criminals are in Canada, how they got here, how many of them are there and what can be done to bring them to justice. The deadline for its report, originally December 31, 1985, has been periodically extended during the past year.