Italians picket ex-Nazi's office





Members of Italy's Jewish community have been protesting outside a lawyer's office in Rome where a former Nazi officer has begun work.
Shouts of "Murderer!" greeted Erich Priebke, 93, as he arrived for his first day on the back of a scooter.

A court ruled last week that Priebke, who is serving a sentence for multiple murders, could work on day release.

Priebke was jailed for life in 1998 for his role in the massacre of 335 Italians in 1944.

He had been discovered working as a schoolteacher in Argentina, and was extradited to stand trial.

In 1999, he was given leave to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest in his lawyer's home, on the grounds of his ill health.

But a military court ruled last week that he could go to work at his lawyer's office "every day, freely" and also to "go out to satisfy, at nearby places and for the time strictly necessary, the indispensable necessities of life" - interpreted as going out for lunch.

He will work as a translator, and will also spend time on his biography, which he began during his brief spell in jail...



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