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Number of War Criminals Reported

February 9, 1979
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The German Institute on War Crimes research revealed here today that 3708 people are suspected of having committed serious crimes during the Nazi period and have not yet been prosecuted.

The Institute in a special report said that 84,403 cases have been investigated by the West German authorities until the end of 1977. Of these, 74,623 cases have been closed and have not resulted in any-prosecutions and 172 cases are still being investigated. Cases under investigation are not covered by the statute of limitations should it be adopted by the West, German Parliament.

Meanwhile, the Christian Social Union parliamentary group, the Bavarian part of the Christian Democratic Union, yesterday voted in favor of the statute of limitations which, if adopted would go into effect Jan. 1, 1980. On the other hand, 27 members of the Christian Democratic Union last night presented a draft resolution in the Parliament calling for the cancellation of the statute of limitations. According to them, Nazi war criminals should be prosecutable at any time and as long as they are still alive.

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