London’s School of Oriental and African Studies has come under attack after it emerged that a lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals is to speak at the college. French-Vietnamese lawyer Jacques Vergès, 86, who has previously said that he would happily have defended Hitler, is to take part in a debate alongside Finnish international lawyer Martti Koskenniemi shortly after Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27. But MPs are calling for the panel discussion to be cancelled claiming it is “not conducive to the public good”. Mr Vergès defended Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie in 1987, advised Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic and acted for terrorist mastermind Carlos the Jackal.
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