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WALDHEIM EXONERATED IN EXECUTIONS

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The Ministry of Defense has concluded Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was not responsible for the executions of six British commandos in World War II, although he probably was aware of them, Britain's domestic news agency reported Tuesday.

Press Association quoted a report from an 18-month investigation as saying Waldheim, as a junior officer, could not be held responsible.Waldheim, a former U.N. secretary general, became the first head of state to be barred from the United States under a 1987 Justice Department list. The department said it had evidence that Waldheim "assisted or otherwise participated in the persecution of persons because of race, religion, national origin or political opinion."