Argentina Refuses to Take in Body of Deceased Nazi War Criminal

Erich Priebke died Friday in Rome, aged 100, where he was serving house arrest for a life sentence for his role in a 1944 massacre in which German soldiers shot dead 335 civilians.

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Argentina will not allow convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke to be buried on its territory, its Foreign Ministry has stated on Twitter.

Priebke died Friday in Rome, aged 100, where he was serving house arrest for a life sentence for his role in a 1944 massacre in which German soldiers shot dead 335 civilians.

"Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has given the order not to accept the slightest move to allow the return of the body of Nazi criminal Erich Priebke to our country," Argentinian authorities reported late Friday.

"Argentines will not accept this kind of affront to human dignity," they added.

Priebke's lawyer in Rome, Paolo Giachini, had said Friday that the former SS captain wanted to be buried next to his wife in Bariloche, the Argentinian town where he lived after escaping from Europe in 1948.

Convicted former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke, right, leaves with his lawyer, Paolo Giachini, after attending a mass at a church in northern Rome, October 17, 2010.Credit: Reuters

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