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Artist or CreatorTrog [Wally Fawkes]
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Published bySunday Telegraph
Date09 Jan 2000
Person DepictedKalejs; Konrad
Straw; Jack
NotesNews: 7 Jan: Home secretary Jack Straw branded Konrad Kalejs a war criminal yesterday as the alleged death squad lieutenant left Britain and dashed hopes that he would be prosecuted here. Kalejs, 86, made a pre-dawn escape from the Leicestershire residential home where he had been staying. He left Britain voluntarily after the home secretary issued a notice that he intended to deport him. Kalejs was accompanied to Heathrow by police and immigration officials. Just after 10.30am he left British soil en route to Australia aboard a Singapore airlines jet. It is believed he will be greeted by protests in Melbourne today, which will renew pressure on the Australian government to prosecute him. Latvia stressed last night that it was investigating him. Nazi-hunters wanted Kalejs, an Australian citizen, charged in Britain for involvement in the murder of 30,000 people, mainly Jews, while joint second in command of a Latvian mobile killing squad, the Arajs Kommando, that collaborated with the Nazi occupiers of Latvia during the second world war. In London, the home secretary intensified his offensive against critics of Britain's decision that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Kalejs which let him leave the country as a free man. [The Guardian]
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