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Germany (War Crime Trials)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 28 March 1949

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40.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many persons in the British zone of Germany have now been tried for war crimes or crimes against humanity; how many of these have been acquitted, how many sentenced to death, how many sentenced to life imprisonment, and how many to shorter terms of imprisonment.

As the answer is long and detailed, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Can the Minister say when it is expected that these trials will be brought to an end?

Following is the answer:

1. War crimes.
Persons charged before military tribunals with crimes against the laws and usages of war937
Acquitted260
Sentenced to death230
Sentenced to life imprisonment24
Sentenced to shorter terms of imprisonment423
2. Crimes against Humanity.
(a) Persons charged before Control Commission courts with crimes committed against Allied nationals148
Acquitted88
Sentenced to death10
Sentenced to life imprisonmentnil
Sentenced to shorter terms of imprisonment50
(b) Persons charged before German courts with crimes committed against German nationals or stateless persons2,180
Acquitted866
Sentenced to death4
Sentenced to life imprisonmentnil
Sentenced to shorter terms of imprisonment1,249
Fined61