Ex-SS Agent, 92, Tried for Murder in Germany
Siert Bruins accused of shooting resistance fighter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 2, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
Siert Bruins sits in a court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(Newser) – The murder trial of a 92-year-old ex-SS member—one of the final such trials, the BBC notes—has begun in Germany. Siert Bruins, a German born in the Netherlands, allegedly killed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Prosecutors say Bruins drove captured fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema to a deserted area, told him to "go take a leak," and shot him four times in the back.

Bruins has said he was marching Dijkema at the time of the shooting. If convicted, Bruins could see life in prison, the Independent reports. He was earlier imprisoned for seven years after a 1980 sentencing in the killing of two Jewish brothers. Bruins is one of the last Nazi war criminal suspects Germany has detained; the country has its sights on 40 Auschwitz guards.

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Sep 3, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
Long overdue. But not too late.
Sep 3, 2013 5:10 AM CDT
Good job Germany! Way to go...let's go after them now, right after they spent the last 68 years living fruitful lives. You people are idiots, these trials should have happened in the '40's.
Sep 2, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
Corporations are killing people by thousands and nobody makes a big deal out of it anymore. My boss told me you should be happy that you have a job. I told him and you should be happy that you have a sucker like me that takes your abuse because I can't miss that paycheck. He can enjoy that bonus check because they might get rid of him after he gets done with laying people off and dumping one more job on each of us.