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German court rules former Nazi death camp guard, 96, fit enough to serve prison sentence

German court rules former Nazi death camp guard, 96, fit enough to serve prison sentence

DAILY MAIL – IAN BURNS

A German court has ruled that a Nazi SS guard known as the ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, now 96, is fit to serve his four-year prison sentence.

It ruled that Oskar Groening, who was found guilty in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp, is not too old to do time.

The court in Celle, northern Germany, explained: ‘Based on expert opinion, the superior regional court finds that the convicted individual is fit to serve the term despite his advanced age.’

He was previously ruled fit to serve his time but the case has been subject to legal wrangling and appeals.

Incarcerating Groening would not violate his fundamental rights, the court said, arguing that ‘appropriate precautionary measures’ could be taken to meet any special needs arising from his old age.

Groening has been living at home despite his conviction, and given his age, it has until now been unclear if he would actually be jailed.

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