AMSTERDAM (Dec. 5)
Dutch Liberal Parliamentarian Johan Wiebinga has asked Dutch Justice Minister Frits Korthals Altes to submit a written request to the Argentine government for the extradition of Dutch-born war criminal Abraham Kipp.
The Dutch ambassador to Argentina has orally requested Kipp’s extradition, but it is believed that a written request by the Dutch justice minister himself will have more effect.
Kipp, who was born in Amsterdam, served the occupying Nazi forces as a policeman, reportedly rounding up members of the Dutch resistance and other men, women and children, including many Jews, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
He was tried and sentenced to death in absentia in 1949 by a Dutch court for the murder of at least 20 persons.
Kipp, 71, reportedly fled to Spain in 1945 and from there to Argentina, where he became a citizen in 1953.
Vienna-based Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal began the process of pursuing the case of Kipp in October during a visit to Amsterdam.
In November, a request for Argentina’s deportation of Kipp was made by the ADL in a letter by Elliot Welles, ADL’s Nazi specialist.
Last week, Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, director of ADL’s Latin American affairs department, said he had received assurances from the Argentine attorney general that Kipp could be extradited.
The matter became more complicated when Dutch television reported Nov. 24 that Kipp had allegedly vanished, and that a “for sale” was placed in front of his home outside Buenos Aires.