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Mr Kurt Klebeck

Volume 207: debated on Monday 11 May 1992

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To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the proceedings taken by the allies at the end of the last war against Kurt Klebeck; and whether he will discuss with his counterparts in the Channel islands the taking of proceedings against him for Nazi war crimes in the Channel islands.

No.Kurt Klebeck was prosecuted and convicted in 1947 by the British military court in Germany for:

  • (i) being concerned in the killing of allied nationals, in violation of the laws and usages of war, who were interned in the Hanover/Ahnem concentration camp between November 1944 and April 1945.
  • (ii) being concerned in the ill-treatment of allied nationals in the same camp and during the same period as (i) above.
  • He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

    The papers relating to the proceedings against Klebeck are open to inspection in the Public Record Office. I understand that he is a German national resident in Germany. The War Crimes Act 1991 is not, therefore, in issue. I further understand that Germany does not extradite its own nationals. The question of his prosecution for offences alleged to have been committed in the Channel Islands is a matter for the German authorities, who have the necessary jurisdiction.