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Ex-Nazi Waffen SS member, 92, on trial for murder

A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German citizen, entered the Hagen state court using a walking frame.

Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, in court today.
Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, in court today. Credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

No pleas are made in the German system and Bruins offered no statement.

His lawyer, Klaus-Peter Kniffka, said after the 35-minute opening session that it was unlikely his client would ever address the court personally.

Former SS officer to face murder charge 70 years on

A former SS officer is due to appear in court in Germany later today, where he stands accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter at least 70 years ago.

Siert Bruins, 92, could face a life sentence if found guilty of the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944.

The trial is a landmark case in Germany as Bruins is the last alleged Nazi criminal to be detained.

Another former SS officer, Heinrich Boere, began a life sentence in December 2011 for murdering three Dutch civilians during World War II.

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Holland celebrates as Willem-Alexander becomes King

With a signature on a parchment of abdication and a kiss for her son, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands brought to an end her thirty three year rule - to the cheers of thousands of her people.

That son, now King Willem-Alexander, ushered in a new era and ushered his young family onto the palace balcony to even louder applause.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

King of Netherlands waves to crowds from Royal Palace

The new king of the Netherlands Willhem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix, who abdicated today, have appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and waved to the crowds.

Princess Beatrix of Netherlands (C), her son, Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) and his wife Queen Maxima Credit: REUTERS/Paul Vreeker
Thousands of well-wishers gather in Amsterdam's Dam Square. Credit: REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

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In pictures: The abdication ceremony in Holland

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands prepares to sign an act of abdication. Credit: Reuters
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander holds the hand of his mother Queen Beatrix during an abdication ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Queen Beatrix passes the act of abdication to her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, sitting next to his wife Crown Princess Maxima. Credit: Reuters
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