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Court postpones trial of former Nazi official due to poor health

Waren, Germany, ACCRA, FEB.29 - (dpa/GNA) - The trial of a former Nazi official over his suspected involvement in the deaths of 3,681 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp has been postponed because the defendant is unwell, a court in northern Germany said on Monday.

The trial had been scheduled to begin the same day with expert assessments on whether the 95-year-old is fit to stand trial.

But the regional court in Neubrandenburg said that he was suffering from high blood pressure and suicidal thoughts. It has not yet given a new date for the hearing.

The man, identified only as Hubert Z under German privacy laws, is thought to have worked as a medic at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland from August 15 to September 14, 1944, during which time he supervised the work of other Nazi officials.

State prosecutors said that 3,681 people were murdered in the gas chambers there during that period. The indictment is based on the passenger records of 14 trains to the camp, one of which is thought to have been carrying Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family.

The indictment is to be read out in full on March 14.

The news comes after an appeal court last year overturned a verdict that the former SS medic was too unwell to stand trial.

In April 2015, the so-called bookkeeper of Auschwitz, Oskar Groening, was sentenced to four years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people in what was widely thought would be the last Holocaust trial in Germany.

However, German prosecutors have been under pressure to bring Third Reich war criminals to justice before time runs out.

GNA


Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/world/court-postpones-trial-of-former-nazi-official-due-to-poor-health-101022)
Published: 2016-02-29 18:49:18
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