A 97-year-old former concentration camp guard is not responsible for accessory to murder before the regional court of Frankfurt.

22. Jury trial chamber has rejected to notice on Thursday because of a “durable disease-related inability” of man to the opening of the main proceedings against the former SS-member.

In August 2017 charges has been accused of the guard to have between August 1943 and January 1944, in occupied Poland, in the concentration camp Lublin-Majdanek worked. He is said to have supported the so-called “action harvest festival”, at the at the 3. November 1943, at least 17,000 were deported Jewish prisoners were murdered. They were shot in specially dug trenches. The 97-Year-old the 5. Company of the SS death’s head storm spell.

The chamber justified its decision with a medical opinion. The experts came to the conclusion that the person could not follow because of his state of the negotiations in an appropriate manner.

The report had been delayed according to the court, because the hospital stays of the 97-Year-old multiple times. The International Auschwitz Committee, had accused a few days ago, the Frankfurt chamber of inaction. This was rejected by the court.

The decision is not yet final. Office of the public Prosecutor and in addition to a lawsuit can file an appeal at the higher regional court of Frankfurt.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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