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German court suspends trial of ex-SS death camp guard

A German judge has suspended the trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard after the 95-year-old defendant was hospitalized for serious heart and kidney problems.

Johann Rehbogen is accused of complicity in mass murder at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

His trial opened on November 6, but after several hearings was adjourned as Rehbogen’s health deteriorated.

Fourteen hearing days had been set for Rehbogen’s trial but a medical expert has found it unlikely the defendant would recover from his current health problems, a court spokesman says.

A doctor is due to re-examine Rehbogen in January, and will advise the court on whether he is fit for trial.

Rehbogen was aged 18 to 20 when he served as a guard from June 1942 to September 1944 at the Stutthof camp.

— AFP

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