- 7 November, 2005

A Nazi war criminal serving two life sentences has died in a British jail.

Anthony Sawoniuk died in Norwich Prison yesterday, six years after being convicted of murdering 18 Jews during the Nazi regime.

Sawoniuk, the only person to have been convicted in a British court of Nazi war crimes, died at the age of 84.

Police said he died of natural causes and are not treating his death as suspicious.

Sawoniuk, who previously lived in Bermondsey, south London, was jailed following a trial at the Old Bailey in London in 1999.

He was convicted of 18 murders after the court heard of his involvement in Nazi genocide in eastern Europe more than 50 years earlier.

As a Nazi collaborator, Sawoniuk had led "search and kill" police squads which hunted down escaping Jews.

He shot dead at least 18 men and women "whose only offence was to be Jewish", Sir John Nutting QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey in 1999.

The trial was told he had shot two Jewish men and a woman and also ordered 15 Jewish women to strip and face an open grave before killing them with a machine gun.

Witnesses implicated him in a series of murders in his home town of Domachevo in Belarus.

He later served with the Waffen SS, but as he saw the Germans were losing the war, he changed sides and joined the Polish army fighting with the Allies.

Sawoniuk, who worked as a British Rail ticket inspector after moving to Britain in 1946, denied all charges, Daily Telegraph reports.


Subscribe to Pravda.Ru Telegram channel, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, RSS!

Author`s name Editorial Team