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Justice at last for SS murderer

A Dutch Nazi has been convicted of murder after a 60-year battle to bring him to justice.

Heinrich Boere (88) who joined Hitler's Waffen SS after his country was invaded during the Second World War, was jailed for life.

During his trial Boere admitted killing three civilians in 1944 as a member of a unit of Dutch SS volunteers responsible for reprisal killings of their countrymen. He claimed he was following orders.

Boere, sixth on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of most-wanted Nazis, showed no reaction as the verdict was announced.

The prosecution at the court in Aachen, Germany said Boere was a willing member of the Waffen SS. Although sentenced to death in absentia in the Netherlands in 1949 — later commuted to life imprisonment — Boere has managed to avoid jail until now.

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