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Nazi trial shelved over gaps in evidence

Trial of former SS man accused of executing Dutch resistance man shelved over evidence gaps

Nazi trial shelved over gaps in evidence

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has decided to shelve the case against a 92-year-old former member of the Nazi SS, saying there are too many gaps in the evidence some 70 years later to deliver a verdict.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, now a German citizen, went on trial in September in the western city of Hagen on charges that he executed a resistance fighter in the northern Netherlands in 1944.

Bruins' lawyer argued his client didn't know of plans to kill the fighter, and that another now-deceased SS man pulled the trigger.

The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that the court shelved the case instead of delivering a verdict, saying too much evidence was missing and it was no longer possible to question witnesses in many cases.

Updated : 2021-04-21 19:27 GMT+08:00