Murder charges recommended in Minnesota Nazi case

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This 1982 photo provided by the University of Minnesota shows Nadia and Michael Karkoc. The Associated Press has uncovered testimony that says Michael Karkoc, a Minnesota man who was a Nazi SS-led company commander, ordered his men to attack a village that was razed to the ground in 1944, contradicting claims by the man's family that he was never at the scene of the civilian massacre. (AP Photo/University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thomas Perry)

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal prosecutor in charge of investigating Nazi crimes says he is recommending murder charges against a Minnesota man shown in a June AP report to be a former commander in a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children.

Thomas Will, the deputy head of the special prosecutors' office that investigates Nazi crimes, said Monday he has found enough evidence to recommend that state prosecutors pursue murder charges against 94-year-old Michael Karkoc.

Will's office has no powers to file its own charges and it was not clear how long state prosecutors would need to make a decision.

He says "we have determined the requirements for murder charges are there."

Karkoc's son and family spokesman, Andriy Karkos, has denied his father's involvement in any war crimes.