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96-year-old who attempted to flee Nazi crimes trial held in detention

Judicial officers stand in the empty court room of the Langericht Itzehoe court prior to a trail of a 96-year-old former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp in Itzehoe, Germany, on September 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
Judicial officers stand in the empty court room of the Langericht Itzehoe court prior to a trail of a 96-year-old former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp in Itzehoe, Germany, on September 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

A former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp has been placed in provisional detention after she attempted to flee the start of her trial in Germany, reports AFP.

Irmgard Furchner, 96, skipped the planned start of her trial on more than 11,000 counts of accessory to murder, officials said. She was picked up several hours later after the court issued an arrest warrant.

The court says that Furchner has been remanded into custody, and that her trial will restart on October 19.

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