German prosecutors charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of complicity in the murder over allegations that she served during World War II as a Nazi SS guard in a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.
Cyril Clement, who led the investigation of Muammar at the prosecutor’s office in Neuruppin, said the man allegedly worked in the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party.
The man’s name was not revealed in line with German privacy laws. Despite his advanced age, the suspect is deemed fit enough to appear in court, although facilities may have to be made to limit the number of hours the court sits per day, according to Clement.
Clement said the case was handed over by the Neurobain office in 2019 by the Special Federal Prosecutors’ Office in Ludwigsburg with the mandate to investigate war crimes in the Nazi era.
This comes after prosecutors in the northern town of Itzehui announced their participation in murder charges last week Against a 95-year-old woman During the war, he served as secretary to the SS commander for the Stutthof concentration camp. This case and the charges against the 100-year-old are based on recent legal precedent in Germany Proof that anyone who helped in a job at the Nazi camp could be prosecuted for participating in the murders committed there.
It was established in 2011 with the conviction of former Ohio state employer John Demjanjuk as an accomplice to a murder allegedly serving as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in German-occupied Poland. Demjanjuk, who denied the allegations, died before his appeal was heard.
A federal court later upheld the 2015 conviction of former Auschwitz keeper Oscar Groening, which fulfilled the same reasoning, cementing the precedent. Before that, German courts had asked prosecutors to justify the charges by presenting evidence that a former guard had participated in a specific, often near-impossible task.
“The essence of this case follows the decision [in the cases] From Demjanjuk and Gröning, being part of this death mechanism’s work is enough to convict an accomplice in a murder, “said Clement.
The court has not yet set a date for the trial.