The Second Most-Wanted Nazi war Criminal Dies at 93 in Canada
Vladimir Katriuk, charged with genocide in-absentia, for involvement in the 1943 Khatyn massacre, passes away at 93.
One of the top suspects of Nazi war crimes during World War II has died at the age of 93, Canadian newspaper The Globe reported.
A Canadian of Ukrainian descent, Vladimir Katriuk, was listed as the second most wanted Nazi this year by the US-based Simon Wiesenthal Center that focuses on war criminals.
Katriuk died last week, his lawyer Orest Rudzik said.
Katriuk has passed away, after years of unwarranted harassment, media not exempted. I’m glad he’s at peace. He’d been ailing for a long time.
— Orest Rudzik, Katriuk’s lawyer.
Acquitted in 1999
In 1999, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Katriuk lied to obtain Canadian citizenship by concealing his past collaboration with the Nazi regime. But the court found no evidence he had committed atrocities.
Katriuk argued that he was forced to enlist in a Ukrainian battalion responsible for crimes against Jews and other civilians from Belarus and Ukraine between 1942 and 1944. He said his role was limited to protecting villagers and livestock against attacks.
Katriuk said he deserted his battalion during its deployment in France in 1944, where he stayed after the war, before immigrating to Canada in 1951.
The court found he had falsified his immigration papers, using the name of his brother. In 2007, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided not to revoke his citizenship.
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