November 16, 2008
Wiesenthal Center Denounces Lithuanian Decision not to Implement Jail Sentence for Convicted Nazi Criminal Based on Flawed Medical Examination
Vilnius – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today revealed that the recent decision by a Lithuanian court not to punish convicted Lithuanian Nazi war criminal Algimantas Dailide (number 9 on the Center’s “Most Wanted List”) was made on the basis of a medical “examination” at which he was not physically present. This fact emerged at a meeting held here late Friday between the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff and Special Prosecutor Rimvydas Valentukevicius.
According to Zuroff:
“This is only the latest in a long series of farces produced by Lithuanian prosecutors and judges who are clearly incapable of punishing local Holocaust criminals. Despite the presence in Lithuania since independence of numerous Nazi war criminals, not a single one has ever been punished, a fact which clearly shows the total inability of Lithuanian society to face its bloody past of extensive participation in the mass murder of Jews. It is high time that the international community start paying attention to the serious judicial and educational failures of Lithuania.”
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