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Court says 96-year-old fugitive Nazi defendant has been located

A judicial officer in the courtroom prior to the trial of Irmgard Furchner, a 96-year-old former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp, in Itzehoe, Germany, September 30, 2021. (Markus Schreiber/AP)
A judicial officer in the courtroom prior to the trial of Irmgard Furchner, a 96-year-old former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp, in Itzehoe, Germany, September 30, 2021. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

ITZEHOE, Germany (AFP) — Irmgard Furchner, the 96-year-old former Nazi death camp secretary who failed to turn up for the start of her trial in Germany earlier today, has been apprehended by police hours later, says the court.

The court says she will be evaluated by a doctor before deciding if the trial can begin.

Furchner, one of the first women to be prosecuted for Nazi-era crimes in decades, is charged with complicity in the murders of more than 10,000 people at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland.

She left her retirement home on Thursday morning and took a taxi to a subway station, said Frederike Milhoffer, a spokeswoman for the court. But she failed to turn up at the trial.

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