Demjanjuk argues he is in too much pain for trial

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November 9, 2010 18:06

 
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BERLIN — John Demjanjuk said on Tuesday that he is in too much pain to follow his trial on charges he served as a guard at a Nazi death camp.

The 90-year-old told the Munich state court in a rare statement that he belongs "in the hospital and not the courtroom."

The retired Ohio autoworker originally from Ukraine is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at Sobibor in occupied Poland. He denies ever having been a guard anywhere.

When judges asked him if he wanted to examine a document Tuesday, Demjanjuk said: "That is a joke, with my pain I cannot look at anything."

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