Alleged Auschwitz guard unfit for trial

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court says a 94-year-old man who was deported from the U.S. for lying about his Nazi past is not fit to stand trial on charges that he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard.

The Ellwangen state court said Friday that Hans Lipschis was suffering from the onset of dementia and was unlikely to be able to follow a "trial of this magnitude, complexity and length," the dpa news agency reported.

Lipschsis was to be released from a prison hospital where he's been held since May after Stuttgart prosecutors said they had "compelling evidence" he was involved in Auschwitz crimes.

Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he only served as a cook.

His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

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