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Convicted Nazi War Criminal Arrested in Argentina

December 8, 1988

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Authorities on Wednesday arrested a man who was convicted in the Netherlands of handing over resistance fighters to occupying Nazi forces in World War II, a news report said.

A Dutch court has tried the man, 78-year-old Jan Olij, in absentia and sentenced him to 20 years in prison, according to the Dutch Foreign Ministry in The Hague.

He arrived in Argentina in the 1950s and worked for the national oil company and as a policeman, according to the news agency that report his arrest, Noticias Argentinas.

He was being held in jail in the town of Moron about 15 miles west of Buenos Aires pending an extradition request from the Netherlands, the agency said.

Last week, a federal judge approved West Germany’s request for the extradition of another man in connection with Nazi war crimes. Josef Schwammberger is accused in the killings of at least 5,000 people, mostly Jews, at forced labor camps in occupied Poland.

Schwammberger, 76, has appealed extradition.

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