Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has died at the age of 100 in Italy,
his lawyer has told Italian media.
Priebke was jailed for life in 1998 for his role in the WWII
massacre of 335 Italians at Rome's Ardeatine Caves.
But because of his age and poor health, he was allowed to serve his
sentence under house arrest in the capital.
The move caused anger over what some people in the city regarded as
conditions that were far too comfortable and lenient.
Priebke was one of the SS officers present during the killing of men
and boys at the caves in 1944, in a reprisal attack ordered by Adolf
Hitler for the killing of 33 German soldiers in Rome by resistance
He was among the officers who oversaw the operation to round up
victims and transport them to a network of caves on the outskirts of
the city where they were all shot.
Though Priebke admitted his role in the massacre, he never expressed
any remorse and maintained he was following orders. (...)
Priebke, who had been living in his lawyer's apartment in Rome, was
allowed to do his own shopping, go for walks in the park and go out
to restaurants in the evening to eat with friends.
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