A 90-year-old man convicted last year of killing three Dutch civilians while he was part of a Nazi SS hit squad during World War II has been taken to prison to start serving his life sentence.
Robert Deller, a spokesman for prosecutors in Aachen, said Heinrich Boere was taken by ambulance Wednesday from the old-age home where he lived to a detention facility. He declined to specify the prison's location.
Deller said Thursday a court-appointed expert's report had determined that the wheelchair-bound Boere was fit to serve his sentence and officials found a "suitable" facility.
An Aachen court in March 2010 sentenced Boere to life in prison for the 1944 killings of a bicycle-shop owner, a pharmacist and another civilian in the Netherlands. A federal court rejected his appeal.