Suspected Nazi has trial dismissed

Siert Bruins a suspected Nazi war criminal, leaves in an elevator, after his trial was dismissed due to lack of evidence, at a court in the western German city of Hagen January 8, 2014. The 92-year-old who served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler's elite Nazi troops, went on trial on charges of having shot in the back and killed a Dutch resistance fighter at the end of World War II. In an televised interview with broadcaster Das Erste, Bruins says he was present at the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema but says another soldier, now dead, shot him. The Hagen court already sentenced the Dutch-born accused, who acquired German citizenship while serving as a German security and border guard in the Netherlands during World War Two, to seven years in jail in 1980 for being accessory to the murder of two Jewish brothers in April 1945.

( WOLFGANG RATTAY / REUTERS / January 8, 2014 )

Siert Bruins a suspected Nazi war criminal, leaves in an elevator, after his trial was dismissed due to lack of evidence, at a court in the western German city of Hagen January 8, 2014. The 92-year-old who served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler's elite Nazi troops, went on trial on charges of having shot in the back and killed a Dutch resistance fighter at the end of World War II. In an televised interview with broadcaster Das Erste, Bruins says he was present at the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema but says another soldier, now dead, shot him. The Hagen court already sentenced the Dutch-born accused, who acquired German citizenship while serving as a German security and border guard in the Netherlands during World War Two, to seven years in jail in 1980 for being accessory to the murder of two Jewish brothers in April 1945.

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