Tuscany massacre survivors to appeal against German ruling

Mayor says court decision 'absurd and unjust'

Tuscany massacre survivors to appeal against German ruling

(ANSA) – Sant'Anna di Stazzema, October 2 – Survivors and relatives of the victims of a notorious World War II massacre in Tuscany are to appeal against a German court decision not to prosecute surviving Nazi military officers suspected of being responsible. On Monday German magistrates said a lack of evidence made them drop the case against eight surviving Nazi soldiers for the murder of hundreds of civilians in the Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca, in 1944, following investigations lasting 10 years. The decision sparked anger and disbelief among the local community and Italian politicians, with mayor Michele Silicani describing it as "absurd and unjust". In its own investigation and trial, the Italian military court condemned 10 of the ex-Nazi officers to life in prison in absentia, including the eight who remain alive. Germany refused to grant Italy's request for the men's arrest. Mayor Siliciani on Tuesday said he also planned to meet with Justice Minister Paola Severino to ask for her intervention.

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