Lithuanian stands trial for role in WWII Nazi genocide

[JURIST] Eighty-five year old Algimantas Dailide, a retired real estate broker from the Cleveland area who was deported from the United States in 2003 for lying about his past, went on trial Monday in his native Lithuania, charged with helping the Nazis commit genocide [BBC backgrounder] against the Jews during World War II. Dailide is accused of being a member of the Nazi-sponsored Lithuanian Security Police, known as the Saugmas, who took part in the arrest of tens of thousands of Jews during the war. Most of the 60,000 Jews in Vilnius, where Dailide allegedly worked, were killed [Vilnius Ghetto backgrounder] during a few months in 1941.

Dailide denied all charges against him in the Vilnius District court, claiming that he did not work for the Nazis, but only as a clerk for the Lithuanian Police Force. If convicted, he faces 5-20 years in prison. AP has more.



 

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