WATCH: Funeral for Nazi war criminal halted
Italian authorities are at a loss as to what to do with the body of a convicted Nazi war criminal after an angry mob descended on the funeral procession preventing burial.
Erich Priebke, died at the age of 100 while under house arrest last week.
He had been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1944 massacre of more than 300 Italian civilians.
His burial became problematic when the Vatican issued a ban on holding the funeral in any Catholic church in Rome.
But a Catholic splinter group, the Society of St Pius X, offered to hold the ceremony.
It was disrupted yesterday by protestors who punched and kicked the hearse as it made it's way thru the streets.
This morning the body was taken to a military airport near Rome and it is believed that it will be flown to Germany for burial there.
Germany and Argentina, where Priebke lived for 50-years prior to his extradition, had initially refused the body.