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Former SS captain Erich Priebke, a Nazi war criminal who never showed remorse for a World War II massacre in Italy, died Friday in Rome aged 100, Italian media reported.
ROME: Former SS captain Erich Priebke, a Nazi war criminal who never showed remorse for a World War II massacre in Italy, died Friday in Rome aged 100, Italian media reported.
Priebke, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 for his role in a massacre at Rome's Ardeatine caves in March 1944, spent the last few years under house arrest at his lawyer's Rome apartment.
The media reported that Priebke, who never expressed remorse for the massacre which left 335 people dead, including 75 Jews, had left "a written interview and a video as a human and political will and testament."
The massacre victims were executed with a bullet to the neck, killed by the Nazis in retaliation for an attack by the resistance movement on SS soldiers.
The former officer had been arrested in 1994 after fleeing to Argentina at the end of World War II. He had lived there for more than 40 years before being extradited to Italy in 1995.
He was allowed to serve out his life sentence at home because of his advanced age and ill-health.
In April 2011, the Italian magazine Oggi sparked a scandal with photographs showing the former Nazi officer dining at a restaurant with friends, riding a motorbike and shopping at a supermarket.
Despite increased security, scuffles erupted outside his Rome home on July 29 when he marked his 100th birthday.
Several dozen demonstrators from the Jewish organisation Project Dreyfus were at the protest, confronting a family member of the former SS captain, identified as Priebke's grandson, when he arrived with a bottle of champagne.