BERLIN – A German court says it plans to deliver its verdict Wednesday in the trial of a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp and is being tried on charges of being an accessory to murder.
The Lueneburg state court said Tuesday that judges expect to issue the verdict in Oskar Groening's trial Wednesday morning.
Groening has testified that he guarded prisoners' baggage after they arrived at Auschwitz and collected money stolen from them. Prosecutors say that amounts to helping the death camp function.
If convicted, Groening could get from three to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors have asked for 3 ½ years, but recommended that 14 to 22 months be deducted from his sentence because it took so long to bring him to trial.