TALLINN - A court in Haapsalu set a historic precedent Jan. 22 when it convicted a former Soviet security officer of ordering the deportation of 23 families to Siberia, the first conviction for a crime against humanity in Estonia. Johannes Klaassepp, 78, was given an eight year suspended sentence with two years on probation for his role in the deportations of Estonians to Siberia in 1949. He could have faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Klaassepp, who served with the Haapsalu regional unit of the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, is the first person to be convicted by a court in ...
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