The federal government will not commit to disclosing a confidential list of 20 suspected Nazi fugitives who came to Canada after World War II.
The list was compiled in 1985 by a federal war crimes commission. Led by Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Jules Deschenes, the commission identified around 200 unnamed suspects in its public report. But there was a second secret report that identified 20 accused Nazis along with recommendations on prosecution. That list has remained secret under the Access to Information Act.
“Do you support reopening the Deschenes report?” a reporter asked Minister of Justice and Attorney General Arif Virani, during a scrum on Sept. 27.
“What I will always support is ensuring people who have perpetrated war crimes or crimes against humanity or crimes like genocide are brought to justice,” Mr. Virani replied, as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.