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Germany: Defense seeks acquittal in WWII killing

Monday - 1/6/2014, 9:20am  ET

BERLIN (AP) -- The lawyer for a 92-year-old former Waffen SS member charged with killing a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944 has asked a German court to find him not guilty.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, now a German citizen, went on trial in September in the western city of Hagen. He is accused of killing resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 in Appingedam, near the German border in the northern Netherlands.

The German news agency dpa reports that Bruins' lawyer said in closing arguments Monday that his client didn't know of plans to shoot Dijkema and that another now-deceased SS man pulled the trigger.

German prosecutors are seeking a life sentence.

A verdict is expected in the coming days.


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