Convicted Nazi war criminal to stand trial for third WWII murder
Nazi Waffen SS man, 92, served time in 1980s for murder of two Dutch Jews; he is now indicted for allegedly executing Dutch resistance fighter.
A German court said Monday that a 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS will go on trial in September on allegations that he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German national, already served time in Germany in the 1980s for the wartime murder of two Dutch Jews.
The Hagen state court said in a statement Monday he would go on trial Sept. 2 on charges he that he killed resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944.
Bruins and alleged accomplice August Neuhaeuser, who has since died, are accused of driving Dijkema to an isolated spot and then shooting him at least four times. They later reported Dijkema had tried to escape.
Bruins was charged with the crime in November 2012. "We don't know exactly who fired the shots, but to be criminally guilty that plays no role," prosecutor Andreas Brendel said at the time.
Bruins volunteered for the SS after the Nazis overran his homeland in 1941.
In 1980 Bruins was convicted in the killing of brothers Lazer and Meyer Sleuterberg, Dutch Jews who were discovered hiding in Groningen in the Netherlands just days before the area was liberated by the Allies. He served seven years for being an accessory to murder.
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