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9 former Nazi SS members sent to jail

AN Italian military court has sentenced nine former members of the Nazi SS to life in prison for a series of World War II massacres and ordered Germany to pay damages to some of the families of the victims, news reports said.

The nine suspects, aged between 84 and 90, were tried in absentia and found guilty of murdering more than 350 civilians in 1944, the ANSA news agency reported.

A 10th defendant was acquitted and another died during the trial, the agency said on Friday.

The victims were rounded up by Nazi troops ostensibly on the hunt for partisans and shot in separate killings that occurred in the area around Fivizzano in August 1944.

Germany will have to pay damages to some 50 families of the victims, ANSA said. The total will be fixed later, though the court ruled an initial 1.25 million euros (US$1.76 million) should be paid immediately.


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