A former SS medic accused of 3,681 counts of accessory to murder at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has been deemed unfit to stand trial in Germany and his case will be thrown out.
Independent medical evaluations in March and July this year found that Zafke was “unfit to stand trial” following a deterioration in his physical and mental condition since his diagnosis.
The spokesman added that prosecutors were required by law to submit a motion requesting the end of the trial following the medical evaluations.
Zafke’s trial over his alleged involvement in the murder of thousands at the death camp began in February 2016 in the northeastern German town of Neubrandenburg, but was postponed three times due to concerns over the wheelchair-bound defendant’s health.
Proceedings were also suspended in October 2016 when prosecutors accused Judge Klaus Kabisch of showing bias and attempting to deliberately delay the trial. Kabisch and his co-judges were dismissed …
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