German court: Doctor finds Nazi suspect unfit for trial
The undated photo provided by the Archive of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau shows SS Oberscharfuehrer Hubert Zafke. (The Archive of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 9:50AM EST
BERLIN -- A German court says a doctor has determined a 95-year-old former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp is not fit to stand trial.
The Neubrandenburg state court told the dpa news agency Friday that a court-appointed doctor had determined Hubert Zafke's health was too poor.
The examination was made after Zafke's trial -- on 3,681 counts of accessory to murder, for allegedly helping the Nazi camp function -- failed to get underway as planned Monday because a doctor ruled him unfit to be transported to the court building.
The doctor said he was suffering from a broken arm, high blood pressure and stress.
Other experts are still expected to examine Zafke ahead of the next scheduled date for a hearing, March 14.