Auschwitz suspect: 94-year-old man charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder over allegations he served as death camp medic

Man is one of 30 former Auschwitz suspects facing charges after a change in German law

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A German court has charged a 94-year-old man with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served at a Nazi death camp.

Stefan Urbanek, a spokesman for prosecutors in the German city of Schwerin, said that the suspect – whose name was not released for legal reasons - was a former SS sergeant who served as a medic at a hospital run by the paramilitary unit in Auschwitz.

During his time at the camp, the man helped to exterminate prisoners and therefore thus be charged as an accessory to the 1944 killings, Mr Urbanek said. The elderly man is one of 30 former Auschwitz suspects against whom federal investigators recommended in 2013 that state prosecutors pursue charges under a new precedent in German law.

His lawyer, Peter-Michael Diestel, told the Bild newspaper there's no evidence of any "concrete criminal act" by his client.

Earlier this month it was revealed that a former Nazi death camp guard is to face trial in Germany in April, charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Oskar Groening, 93, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, was allegedly responsible for counting banknotes confiscated from prisoners, BBC News reported.

Additional reporting by PA