Doc, Court: Ex-Auschwitz Guard, 93, Fit to Stand Trial
He's charged with 170K counts of accessory to murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2015 12:50 PM CST
In this Dec. 18, 2009, file photo, tourists pause near the main entrance to the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, southern Poland.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – A German court says a 93-year-old former SS sergeant charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard has been declared fit for trial. The Detmold state court said Monday a doctor determined that Reinhold H., whose last name wasn't given for privacy reasons, is fit to stand trial so long as sessions are limited to two hours per day. Defense attorneys and prosecutors now have two weeks to submit responses to the expert opinion. The court will then decide whether to open a trial. The elderly suspect is accused of being an accessory to murders at Auschwitz from January 1943 to June 1944. He says he was assigned to a part of the camp not involved in the mass murders.