96-year-old German citizen Oskar Groening has been sentenced to prison for his role in mass murders committed at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War II
Germany’s constitutional court refused to overturn a lower court ruling for the Nazi known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz.”
Groening’s job at the camp was to count cash taken from imprisoned victims.
He was previously sentenced to four years’ jail in 2015, but his health and age have delayed the start of his sentence. The court rejected the argument by his lawyers that imprisonment at his advanced age would violate his right to life. They countered the argument by stating his crimes held hefty weight, and needs to be punished.
“The plaintiff has been found guilty of being accessory to murder in 300,000 related cases, meaning there is a particular importance to carrying out the sentence the state has demanded,” the judges wrote, upholding the Celle regional court’s ruling.
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