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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'War Criminal' in Court

LONDON () -- In its first prosecution of Nazi war crimes, Britain on Thursday brought to court an 84-year-old man charged with murdering four Jews in Nazi-occupied Belarus in 1941 and 1942.


Szymon Serafimowicz was freed on bail to reappear in October.


Serafimowicz, who came to Britain in 1947 and later took British citizenship, is alleged to have been a local police commander in Belarus, where some 200,000 Jews were killed during World War II.


He is the first person to be charged under Britain's 1990 War Crimes Act that empowers courts to prosecute alleged war criminals who were not British residents at the time for crimes not committed on British soil.