Nazi suspect Demjanjuk threatens hunger strike

February 22, 2011 14:03

MUNICH — John Demjanjuk said Tuesday that he will go on hunger strike if a Munich state court does not pursue more evidence that he says could exonerate him of charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard.

A former Soviet soldier during World War II, the 90-year-old Demjanjuk is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder on allegations that he agreed to serve as a guard in the Sobibor death camp after being captured. He denies the charges.

He entered court Tuesday holding a sign reading "1627" — the number of a Soviet investigative file on him the defense says has hundreds of pages of details — and accused the court of staging a "political show trial."

The court has rejected requests to push for the file, saying it is a defense "hypothesis" there is relevant evidence in it.

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