Funeral in Italy for Nazi war criminal called off amid protests
A protester bangs his hands on the hearse carrying the coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke as it arrives at the Society of St. Pius X, a schismatic Catholic group, in Albano Laziale, on the outskirts of Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP / Riccardo De Luca)
Published Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:03PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:59PM EDT
ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy -- The funeral of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was called off by his lawyer after police prevented friends and family members from attending.
Priebke's lawyer, Paolo Giachini, told The Associated Press that the funeral did not take place Tuesday as planned "because authorities did not allow people to enter who wanted to come in."
Hundreds of protesters shouting "murderer" and "executioner" have been protesting outside grounds belonging to a Catholic group that agreed to hold the funeral after Rome's vicar banned it from the city's Catholic churches.
Giachini says the people who wanted to enter were friends and family.
He says he is giving up his mandate as Priebke's lawyer to protest what he called "indignities." The casket remained inside.