Hidden legacy of the fugitives from war: List of suspects led to action
Monday 06 July 1992
Mr Hurd was at first sceptical, insisted there was nothing that could be done under Britsh law and that extradition to eastern Europe was unacceptable because countries there still had the death penalty. He offered only to see if the men named were in Britain and still alive. Some were and the Wiesenthal Centre and others produced more names.
Mr Hurd finally set up a commission under Sir Thomas Hetherington, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, and William Chalmers, former Crown Agent for Scotland. The commission investigated 301 alleged war criminals living in Britain - seven in detail - and in its report in 1989 found sufficient evidence against four for a prospect of conviction. Two have since died.
Their report recommended further investigation of 75 names traced to Britain and 46 more who might be alive, but had not been traced. At least another 20 names of suspects have been supplied by the Wiesenthal Centre.
In a free vote, the Commons voted in principle for legislation and then passed the Bill. The Lords rejected it and the Commons forced it through last year using the Parliament Act.
Specialist war crimes units were set up in England and Scotland, with an annual budget of pounds 10m. There have been no arrests yet, although files are believed to be close to completion on three suspects in England.
Canada and Australia, other countries which passed war crimes legislation in the 1980s, have failed to prosecute anyone, but the US Office of Special Investigations has had the citizenship of 80 war criminals revoked.
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Yorkshire man to win £10,000 off a £1 bet placed six years ago if Dan Jarvis becomes Labour Party leader
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 5 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Children take eight Isis captives to be beheaded in latest propaganda video
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...