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East Germany to Extend Statute of Limitation for Nazi Murderers


The Justice Minister in East Germany announced today he would propose extension of the statute of limitation for all murders committed during the Hitler regime; The issue, which has been raised by Jewish groups and Nazi survivor organizations, also is under consideration by the West German Government; Differences of opinion in the West German political parties have been reported.

Dr. Ewald Bucher, West German Justice Minister, said during a television discussion that he was opposed to amnesty for Nazi criminals but that he also was against legislation to amend the West German statute of limitations; The code provides that a person may be tried for murder within 20 years of the crime. What is now being proposed in West Germany is an extension of the period to 30 years.

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