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World IN BRIEF / LITHUANIA

Trial of Alleged War Criminal Postponed

March 06, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

The trial of alleged Lithuanian war criminal Aleksandras Lileikis was postponed until May, prompting anger from Nazi hunters. Lileikis, 91 and in ill health, is alleged to have signed orders handing Jews to Nazi death squads when he headed the Vilnius security police in World War II. He denies the charges. In a five-minute pretrial hearing, Judge Viktoras Kazhys granted a defense request to locate and interview a Jewish woman allegedly helped by Lileikis and another man said to know the defendant. Both apparently live in the United States. The head of the Jerusalem office of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center said he was outraged.

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