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April 28, 2006
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The number of ex-Nazis convicted of war crimes more than tripled in the past year, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said. In a report issued this week as Israel marked Yom Hashoah, the center said there were 16 convictions of Nazi war criminals worldwide between April 1, 2005, and March 31, 2006, a 320 percent increase over the previous year. “Despite the somewhat prevalent assumption that it is too late to bring Nazi murderers to justice, the figures clearly prove otherwise, and it is clear that numerous cases of such criminals will continue to come to trial during the coming years,” said Efraim Zuroff, Israel director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. But the report rapped countries, including Austria, for refusing to cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals on their turf.

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