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What is the longest space of time between...
« on: 08 April, 2009, 10:21:18 AM »
..a crime being committed and someone being convicted for it?

Sparked by this 26 year gap:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7989141.stm

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Re: What is the longest space of time between...
« Reply #1 on: 08 April, 2009, 06:04:41 PM »
Very possibly longer than 40 years - Klaus Barbie was convicted of various war crimes in 1987, which obviously were carried out no later than 1945. There have been other Second World War trials since then which have had convictions, but I can't remember the details.

This is a recent one
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7617170.stm

although I can't find out if he was convicted or not. He was convicted in absentia in an Italian court in 2006, though., so that's more than 60 years after the crime was committed/

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Re: What is the longest space of time between...
« Reply #2 on: 21 April, 2009, 08:10:34 PM »
One John Demjanjuk was scheduled to be deported from the US to Germany, to be tried for war crimes as a guard at Sobibor concentration camp; but on April 5 a US Federal judge stayed his deportation.  He had previously served seven years in an Israeli prison, having been convicted as a guard known as "Ivan the Terrible"; but was released because it could not be proved that he was that notorious guard.  However, separate evidence now proves that he was a guard at Sobibor, and was evidently involved in the killings there.  Upon return to Germany, he will be tried for his 1942-1943 alleged crimes.

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/04/05/1004250/demjanjuk-deportation-stayed

The same article lists another individual being deported, to be tried for 1943 war crimes.

So the answer to your question is "at least 67 years".