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Hermann Göring (left, in dark glasses) sits beside Hermann Hesse and other top Nazis at their trial in Nuremberg. Photo: Keystone

UK opposed Nuremberg trials, preferring to execute top Nazis

The British government opposed the establishment of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals at the end of the second world war because it wanted selected Nazi leaders to be summarily executed and others to be imprisoned without trial, according to a contemporary account that was declassified yesterday