- Category: News
- Created on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:46
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
Klaas Carel Faber has lived in Germany since breaking out of jail in Breda in 1952, despite numerous attempts by the Dutch authorities to have him extradited.
So far the German prosecution service has resisted calls to either extradite him or put him in a German prison to serve out his life sentence.
But now justice officials have agreed to a request to take Faber back to court and ask a judge to return him to jail, 60 years after he was last behind bars.
Faber, originally from Haarlem, was tracked down by a journalist in 2003 living in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.
He acquired a German passport during the Second World War, when he was a member of the SS, and fled to Essen after escaping from the Koepel prison in Breda with six others in 1952.
He and his brother, Pieter Johan Faber, belonged to the notorious Feldmeijer division which hunted down and executed resistance fighters.
Their father, a Haarlem banker who was a senior member of the Dutch Nazi Party (NSB), is believed to have been killed by the resistance in 1944.
Both brothers were sentenced to death after the war, but Klaas’s punishment was commuted to a life sentence because the court was unable to prove that he carried out any of the executions.