Viewing cable 06VILNIUS379
Title: PROSECUTORS APPEAL SENTENCING OF CONVICTED NAZI

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06VILNIUS3792006-04-21 14:08:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 000379 
 
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TAGS: KJUS PHUM CPAS LH
SUBJECT: PROSECUTORS APPEAL SENTENCING OF CONVICTED NAZI 
COLLABORATOR 
 
REF: VILNIUS 00316 
 
SUMMARY 
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¶1.  Lithuania,s Prosecutor General,s Office appealed on 
April 14 the lack of a sentence for convicted Nazi 
collaborator Algimantas Mykolas Dailide.  The 85 year-old 
Dailide was convicted of crimes against Jews for his 
collaboration with the Nazis on March 27, but the court 
imposed no sentence due to Dailide's old age and poor health 
(reftel). The prosecutors are appealing for a five-year 
sentence.  Dailide also appealed the conviction and maintains 
his innocence.  End summary. 
 
PREVIOUS CASES 
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¶2.  This is the fourth instance involving a Lithuanian 
Security Police officer and suspected WWII war criminal who 
has lost his U.S. citizenship.  A Vilnius Court found 
Kazimieras Gimzauskas guilty of war crimes in 2001, five 
years after the U.S. revoked his citizenship, but did not 
impose any punishment after finding Gimzauskas medically 
incompetent.  Aleksandaras Lileikis died during his trial in 
2000, four years after losing U.S. citizenship.  Adolfus 
Milius lost American citizenship in 1998 and died in 1999, 
before the GOL had charged him. 
 
BACKGROUND ON DAILIDE'S U.S. CITIZENSHIP 
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¶3.  Dailide entered the United States in 1950, telling 
immigration authorities that he had worked as a forester 
during the war.  In 1997, the U.S. District Court in 
Cleveland revoked 
Dailide's U.S. citizenship because of his involvement in Nazi 
persecution, and in 2003 the U.S. Immigration Appeals Board 
deported him to Germany, where he resides now. 
 
COMMENT 
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¶4.  The prosecutor's appeal came after we publicly expressed 
disappointment at the lack of a sentence, a sentiment that 
the Government of Israel and some international organizations 
echoed.  This is a promising development in Lithuania,s 
mixed performance on prosecuting perpetrators of the 
Holocaust, in which 90% of the country,s pre-war Jewish 
population of 220,000 Lithuania,s was murdered.  Of four 
known Nazi collaborators from the Lithuanian Security Police, 
three have been convicted, but none has faced imprisonment. 
KELLY