US House approves bill to stop Nazi benefit pay

2014-12-03 09:03
Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Croatia. A suspected Nazi officer who has been receiving benefits from the US for decades. (Darko Bandic, AP)

Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Croatia. A suspected Nazi officer who has been receiving benefits from the US for decades. (Darko Bandic, AP)

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Washington - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill to shut a loophole that allowed suspected Nazi war criminals to be paid millions of dollars in US government pension benefits.

The legislation passed on Tuesday would terminate benefits for Nazi suspects who have lost their American citizenship, a step called denaturalisation. US law currently mandates a higher threshold before these benefits can be terminated.

The legislation was introduced after an Associated Press investigation in October revealed that benefits have been paid to dozens of former Nazis after they were forced out of the United States.

AP's investigation found that the justice department used the legal loophole to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the US in exchange for the benefits. The justice department denied using them to expel former Nazis.
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