Lithuania Accused of Helping Nazis
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) _ A Lithuanian man suspected of helping Nazis round up Jews during World War II will stand trial in a Vilnius court, the prosecutor general’s office said Friday.
Algimantas Dailide, 84, who moved to the United States in 1955 and lived there until he was deported in 2003 for lying about his wartime past, is accused of being a member of the Nazi-sponsored Lithuanian Security Police, known as the Saugumas, which took part in the arrests of Jews during the war.
Most of the 60,000 Jews in Vilnius were killed during a few months in the fall of 1941. Nearly 90 percent of Lithuania’s prewar Jewish population of 220,000 were killed.
Dailide, who lives in Germany with his wife, is charged with the ``unlawful treatment of people according to international law,″ which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutor Rimvydas Valentukevicius said Dailide’s trial would go forward even if Dailide did not return from Germany.
Dailide was a real estate agent in the Cleveland, Ohio, area before retiring to Gulfport, Fla.