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30 March 2017 20:28 (South Africa)

Demjanjuk finally on trial in Germany after 55 years

A German court has put a frail, wheelchair-bound John Demjanjuk on trial on charges of being an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews at a Nazi death camp. Predictably, his lawyer accused the Munich court of bias. The 89-year-old retired autoworker, who lived for years in the US until he was deported to Germany, is fighting 30 years of efforts to bring him to justice. Demjanjuk’s defence is that others assigned to the Sobibor concentration camp have been acquitted. If he is finally convicted, he will face up to 15 years in prison. Analysts say this case is likely to be the last World War II Holocaust-related trial to take place, given the age of any perpetrators, as well as that of any possible witnesses who could be called.

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