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Nazi suspect assessed for fitness to stand trial

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Nazi suspect assessed for fitness to stand trial


The world’s most-wanted Nazi suspect, John Demjanjuk, is being monitored by doctors in Germany, to see if the 89-year-old is fit enough to stand trial. He was flown to Munich from his home in the United States, after a long legal battle against deportation.

Demjanjuk is accused of being a guard at Sobibor death camp, and helping to kill 29,000 Jews in 1943. Germany’s Jewish leaders are glad he is there at last, but some retain a feeling of scepticism. Stephan Kramer from the Central Council of Jews in Germany said: “We will have a chance to discuss the role of the justice system in Germany to fight those Nazi war crimes after the war and I think Germany is not being so well (sic) as they are already stating in public so far.” Demjanjuk’s legal team are examining the 21-page warrant issued by an investigating judge in Munich. The defence lawyer said Sobibor is in what is now Poland, and so Germany has no jurisdiction whatsover in this action. As he waits to be charged, Demjanjuk is being held in the same prison where Hitler was jailed after a failed coup in 1922.
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