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Barbie Verdict Expected July 3

The verdict in the trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is expected on July 3, a week from this Friday, and legal experts here believe the jury will take no more than two hours to reach a decision.

The trial of the former Gestapo chief, known as “the Butcher of Lyon,” which began on May 11, is winding up Lawyers representing 129 surviving Nazi victims and organizations of former deportees and resistance fighters will conclude their summations by week’s end. Prosecutor Pierre Truche will address the court next Monday, followed by Barbie’s lawyer, Jacques Verges.