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German Court Acquits Former Nazi Officer of Murder

A German court has acquitted a former Nazi commander accused of massacring civilians in what is now Slovakia during World War II.

Ladislav Niznansky, 88, was charged with overseeing the murders of 164 people in 1945 after a failed uprising against the Nazi puppet regime in Slovakia. Niznansky pleaded not guilty.

Niznansky and his lawyers said he took part in the revolt against the Nazi-allied government.

They also said the prosecution relied on what they said was shaky evidence from a 1962 trial in Czechoslovakia, in which Niznansky was sentenced to death in absentia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.