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Report: Former Nazi camp guard could face further charges

Other News Materials 16 July 2011 12:58
Convicted Nazi-era war criminal John Demjanjuk could face new charges related to his time spent as a guard at a Bavarian concentration camp, a German newspaper reported Saturday.
Report: Former Nazi camp guard could face further charges

Convicted Nazi-era war criminal John Demjanjuk could face new charges related to his time spent as a guard at a Bavarian concentration camp, a German newspaper reported Saturday.

The 91-year-old was convicted in May of being an accessory to 27,900 murders at Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland over several months in 1943. He was sentenced to five years in prison after a trial that lasted 18 months, DPA reported.

State prosecutors in Germany are now looking at whether Demjanjuk could be prosecuted for similar crimes committed during his spell as a guard at the Flossenburg camp in Germany, the Berlin-based Tagespiegel reported.

"There is initial suspicion based on a report," senior prosecutor Gerhard Heindl was quoted as saying.

According to Tagespiegel, the latest allegations stem from two key figures in the Demjanjuk case - former investigating judge Thomas Walther and special prosecutor Cornelius Nestler.

They suggested Demjanjuk might have been complicit in the murder of 4,974 people at Flossenburg when he worked there as a guard from October 1943 to December 1944.

Demjanjuk immigrated to the United States after World War II and became a US citizen. He was deported to stand trial.

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