[back] Assassinations Law
[Sometimes it suits them, propaganda wise (and it's hard to justify shooting prisoners in plain view, e.g. Execution of SS soldiers at Dachau), to go to the trouble of a Judicial show trail and execution (over the usual assassination) with very useful 'confessions' obtained through torture (e.g. Rudolf Hoess), and/or false witnesses. They had to hang numbers on the accused so the paid witnesses could tell them apart. The [1945-48] Dachau Trials being notable. A recent one was one of Saddam Hussein's Doppelgängers.]
See: Convenient Nazi deaths Torture
[2012 Sept] Drones: Instruments of State Terror By Stephen Lendman State-sanctioned extrajudicial killings are lawless. Harvard’s Naz Modirzadeh said: “Not to mince words here, if it is not in a situation of armed conflict, unless it falls into the very narrow area of imminent threat then it is an extra-judicial execution.” .....drone strikes targeting rescuers “are like attacking the Red Cross on the battlefield. It’s not legitimate to attack anyone who is not a combatant.” ......Targeted killings also undermine respect for international and US rule of law principles. They’re lawless and unconscionable. Secrecy is official policy. Transparency and accountability are absent.
Gustav Petrat appears calm just before his execution Gustav Petrat was just one of many German SS soldiers who were put on trial at Dachau, but he earned a place in history when he accused his American interrogators of beating and torturing him in his final written statement to the court, two months before he was hanged. Trial of Gustav Petrat Gustav Petrat's statement that he was beaten
One of the accused in the Spanish Kapos case, Moises Fernandez, tesitifed on the witness stand that he had been beaten by his American interrogators in an effort to force him to confess to killing two men. He named the man who beat him the most severely as Stanislaus Feldman, who had also served as an interpreter on the first day of the proceedings. This accusation was not unique; many of the men on trial at Dachau claimed that they had been beaten by their Jewish interrogators. Spanish Kapos at Mauthausen concentration camp
Franz Kofler Trial
"You bring up this recurrent theme of German Nazi-Zionazi collaboration," I said. "This is a fairly new concept to me." "And rightly so," he said, "for that is just the way the Zionazis who control the media want their collaboration to be: secret. Eichmann was one of their weak links. That's why they had to kidnap him from Argentina and murder him in Israel. They locked him in a glass box in the courtroom, supposedly for his protection, but really to keep him from hearing the real questions and giving real answers. Eichmann was a fool. He did not even know that he had a dangerous secret, for he had done nothing wrong. He should have kept his mouth shut and gone into hiding when he heard about the Zionazis' murder of his jewish counterpart, Joel Brandt, in Israel." "So, innocence can be deadly," I said. "Yes," he agreed, "the guilty know why they should cover their tracks and they know how to do it." "So what was Eichmann's role in German Nazi-Zionazi collaboration?" I asked. "He worked with Joel Brandt and others to smuggle jews out of Europe and into Palestine, against the wishes of the British who governed the territory under a mandate." "Would Eichmann have known about the Ha'arev or Transfer Agreement which allowed jews emigrating from Germany to take their wealth with them in the form of German-made goods?" I asked. "Another reason for his judicial murder," said Ginsburg. An Interview With JOSEF GINSBURG by Eric Thomson
Witnesses for the prosecution were professional witnesses who were paid; they were housed in the barracks of the former Dachau concentration camp so that they could be available as witnesses in many of the other proceedings at Dachau. According to Joseph Halow, a court reporter at several of the Dachau proceedings, who wrote a book entitled "Innocent at Dachau," the professional witnesses in the Spanish Kapo case "caused the prosecutor various embarrassments. He was often forced to remind these witnesses of important details from their pretrial statements, including beatings and killings, which they seemed, bewilderingly enough for uninitiated observers, to have entirely forgotten on the stand. Their testimonies included inconsistencies of a wildness to embarrass all but the most gullible of bigoted hearers." Trial of Spanish Kapos
Halow wrote the following regarding the witnesses at the trial of the Spanish
"Predominantly Eastern European Jews, their stock testimony, repeated in trial after trial, was that the accused had been known to beat inmates, that they had witnessed one or more such beatings, and that they had seen the accused beat the inmates so severely they died."
The men on trial were referred to as the "accused," rather than the "defendants" because they were considered to be guilty and the burden of proof was on them, not on the prosecution. The rules of the American justice system did not apply here.
Prior to the proceedings of the military tribunal, the accused war criminals were interrogated to obtain confessions. One of the accused in the Spanish Kapos case, Moises Fernandez, tesitifed on the witness stand that he had been beaten by his American interrogators in an effort to force him to confess to killing two men. He named the man who beat him the most severely as Stanislaus Feldman, who had also served as an interpreter on the first day of the proceedings. This accusation was not unique; many of the men on trial at Dachau claimed that they had been beaten by their Jewish interrogators. Trial of Spanish Kapos
SS Doctor Fritz Klein was assigned to Bergen-Belsen for only a few weeks. Tortured and forced to “confess”, he was sentenced to death and hanged. In reality, it was the British conduct of the war and the subsequent quarantine which were responsible for the death of thousands of inmates in Bergen-Belsen. http://www.cwporter.com/bild1.htm