Israel urged Lithuanian courts to seek a jail sentence for Algimantas Dailide, 85, who was found guilty of having participated in crimes against Jews in Nazi-occupied Lithuania during World War II.
"The State of Israel welcomes the Lithuanian prosecutors' pursuit of justice in the case of Algimantas Dailide," a press release from the Israeli Embassy in Latvia read on Tuesday.
"However, such crimes against humanity, perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust must never go unpunished. We hope and expect that the Lithuanian legal system will nevertheless find the way to bring tangible effect to the conviction of Dailide," it continued.
Last month, the Vilnius District Court found Dailide guilty of crimes against Jews, but imposed no jail sentence citing the former security police employee's age and ill health.